John Wells

Host, KPCW Cool Science Radio

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Conkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.

John's fascination with technology continued with a 25 year career in the computer industry. He held area, senior and executive management positions with; Chipcom Corporation (networking), MIPS Computer Systems (high performance computing) and Netapp (storage). He moved from Boston in November 2010 to live in Park City. He began DJing at KPCW in January 2011, has substitute co-hosted regularly on Mountain Money, Community Voices and This Mountain Life. In February 2013 John and Lynn Ware Peek became the permanent co-hosts of Community Voices.

In September 2013 John and Lynn launched Cool Science Radio: Delivering understandable science and technology in a complicated world.

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Cool Science Radio - June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest is Mark O’Connell who has written THE CLOSE ENCOUNTERS MAN: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs. The book is about Dr. J. Allen Hynek responsible for coining the phrase “close encounters of the third kind” Hynek enthusiastically debunked UFO reports on behalf of the Air Force for years. Then, he changed teams. The book is about his transformation from skepticism to true believer and the actual UFO stories he investigated. The2nd guest this morning is Mary Roach who has written GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War.

The Morning Mix - June 2, 2017

Jun 2, 2017

Today’s John and Christie welcome their musical guest, Shannon Runyon, who performs live in studio.  Then Danny Bateman and Joey Traum are in to talk about The Bonanza Campout Festival. 

Cool Science Radio - June 1, 2017

Jun 1, 2017

Several weeks ago John Wells was a passenger on the Seabourn Quest, a state of the art cruise ship that called on ports in the North Sea. While onboard John had the opportunity to tour the bridge, meet the officers and sit down for a conversation with the Captain of the Seabourn Quest, Bjarne Larsen. Our first segment is a taped interview of that conversation about the technology of the Quest and a life at sea for Captain Larsen. Our 2nd guest this morning is Dr.

John and Jude’s musical guests are Bill ‘n Diane who perform live in studio.  Guest number two is Spencer Byrne from All Seasons Adventures.  The final guests on the program are cast members from Egyptian Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast.  In studio are Jennifer Chadwick who plays Madame de la Grande Bouche Heidi Hunt who is Production Manager for Ziegfeld Theater Company.

John and Christie’s first guests are Elizabeth Hareza and Aaron English.  They perform live in studio. The second guest is Dave Allision-Vice President of High Country Fly Fishers club.  Then they talk with Melissa Fields, the Editor of Park City Magazine.

Cool Science Radio - May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest is Mark Sunday Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Oracle. Later this month Larry Ellison and Team Oracle USA defend their 2013 America’s Cup win in Bermuda. Mark Sunday, an America’s Cup fan will be with us in the studio to talk about this 170 year tradition, the technology introduced at the 2013 come from behind win and America’s upcoming defense for the Cup in Bermuda.The  2nd guest this morning is Dava Sobel who has written THE GLASS UNIVERSE: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

Cool Science Radio - May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Dave Levitan (rebroadcast) who recently released the book, "Not a Scientist:  How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science."

Then guest co-host Chris Cherniak joins Lynn to talk about a possible plastic bag ban in Park City and deciphers what that would mean for the three large retailers in town.  

Morning Mix - April 28, 2017

Apr 28, 2017

The musical guest today is Kaia Kena, solo on acoustic guitar who plays live in studio. Kaia Kena is from Colorado, but here in Park City playing a number of gigs, including the Park City Brewery 2nd birthday celebration and Locals Jam night at The Cabin.  Then, John and Jude speak with SueAnn Kern and John Concannnon  about the Spring Toastmasters event.Final guest is  Jude Grenney of J Go Gallery and the Gallery Association who brings us up to date  about Friday night’s Gallery Stroll.

Cool Science Radio - April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

John and Lynn’s first guest is Kevin Davis who has written The Brain Defense...Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms. Can a tumor the size of an orange located where impulse control is maintained in the brain acquit an otherwise calm man from a brutal murder?

The Morning Mix - April 21, 2017

Apr 21, 2017

Today’s musical guest is Mister Sister.  Members of the group, Nina Oyler, Dan Hall and Brady Chavez, perform live in studio. John and Christie’s second guests are Jen Billow and  Wendy Kohn, bringing us up to date on Running With Ed.  Final guest today is Renee Huang talking about the Deer Valley Music Festival.

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