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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On this episode of The Morning Mix, it's another show packed with entertainment, including singer Bonnie Romney from the Egyptian Theater's West Side Story, Kathleen Toth and Elysa Hellerman of Nuzzles & Co., formerly Friends of Animals and Aubrey Ixchel from Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe.

On this episode of Cool Science Radio, hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek spoke with author Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter with the New York Times. They talked about his book A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age. The book tells the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Author Jordan Ellenburg also joined the show to talk about his book How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.

John Wells and Peg Ijams are your hosts for their celebration of all things Park City for the holiday weekend - it's their 4th of July Spectacular! Enjoy the weekend and all the great events happening all over the area - check the KPCW events calendar elsewhere on the site for details.

The development of quantum computers has been limited by the ability to increase the number of quantum bits, or qubits, that encode, store and access large amounts of data.  We speak with Dr. Jason Amini of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, about a new device that allows more electrodes to be placed on a chip - an important step that could help increase qubit densities and bring the world one step closer to a quantum computer. 

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Sue Armstrong, author of the book, "P53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code."  Her book tells the story of the discovery of a most remarkable gene - p53 - and of medical science's mission to unravel its mysteries to get to the heart of what happens in our cells when they turn cancerous. 

Lynn and John speak with Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future .  How secure is YOUR job in the face of technology?  In a world of self-driving cars and big data, smart algorithms and Siri, we know that artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day. Though all these nifty devices and programs might make our lives easier, how are they altering our lives and our jobs forever? 

In this edition of Cool Science Radio, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Dr. J.H. Atkinson, the co-director of the Center for Medicinal Marijuana Research, at U.C. San Diego.   In his work, Dr. Atkinson conducts rigorous scientific studies to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabis compounds for treating medical conditions.

As usual, it's a little bit of everything on this week's edition of the show. The Egyptian Theater's Christie Dilloway sat in with John Wells and guests included Courtney Kendrick, Shelia Jackson from Summit Land Conservancy and musical guest Mark Engel.

On this episode of Cool Science Radio, host John Wells and guest co-host Matt Abbott speak first with Brian McInerney, hydrologist for the National Weather Service. He talks about seasonal weather trends and the outlook for the summer in terms rainfall. Then, it's Kentaro Toyama, author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.

In this edition of Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn speak with Dan McNulty, Asst. Professor Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University and author of Wolves on the Hunt: The Behavior of Wolves Hunting Wild Prey.

Then, Max Planck is credited with being the father of quantum theory, and his work was described by his close friend Albert Einstein as "the basis of all twentieth-century physics."  We speak With Brandon Brown, biographer and author of the new book, Plank: Driven by Vision, Broken by War. (click on title to listen)