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.

Ways to Connect

Cool Science Radio - November 10, 2016

Nov 10, 2016

Today we speak about snow science.  I mean, because if we talk about snow enough, it may come, right?  We are joined by one of the top snow scientists around.  Drew Hardesty with the Utah Avalanche Center. Then with recent events in our community, we have been alerted to the existence of what many of us had never heard of before – the dark web.  We speak with Earl Foote and Travis Gunn of Nexus IT about what it is  and what can be done to protect ourselves and our children from it. 

On the morning mix today, John and Christie welcome the group; Steel Belts, who perform live in studio. Other guests on the program included Don Gomes from Entrada Institute, Ollie Wilder and Larry Warren talking about Live PC Give PC and an update on the KPCW Music Crawl. 

Today’s Cool Science Radio program is a special program on Extreme weather. John and Lynn have assembled an esteemed panel to help navigate many of the questions they have. The Panel is composed of Dr. Rob Davies a physicist and Associate of the Utah Climate Center and Brian McInerney who is the Senior Hydrologist with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

John and Jude’s first guest is Jarrett Burns who performs live in studio. Jarret is scheduled for many acoustic appearances in Deer Valley.  The second guest is CJ Robb from the Adopt A Native Elder Navajo Rug Show. Comedian Keith Barney is the final guest on the program.

Cool Science Radio - October 27, 2016

Oct 27, 2016

It’s the most popular class at Stanford and its teachers, and now authors of a new book based on the class, are product designers.  They apply the science of product design to designing your life.  It’s wisdom, science, and experience that you shouldn’t miss.  It’s Bill Burnett and Dave Evans with, “Designing Your Life:  How to Build a well-Lived Joyful Life.” 

Cool Science Radio - October 20, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

Have you ever heard the expression “The crowd is always smarter than any one individual”. The first guest on the program is Jared Heyman who proves this every day.  Jared is the CEO of Crowd Med. Crowd Med believes the biggest flaw in today’s healthcare system is the expectation that one doctor has all of the answers. John and Lynn’s next guest is Ocearch Founding Chairman Chris Fischer. Since 2007, he has led 26 global research expeditions to advance science and education while unlocking many mysteries surrounding the life history of white sharks and other giants of the ocean.

The Morning MIx - October 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

John and Jude welcome Shellie Barrus and Mikey Butters from Habitat for Humanity who are in studio to talk about the Overall Ball coming up October 22 at Legacy Lodge. Then Jocelyn Scudder and Larissa Trout from the Kimball Art Center bring us up to date on the third annual ARToberFest October 15th.

Cool Science Radio - October 13, 2016

Oct 13, 2016

Lynn and John’s first guest is Art Markman who has answers as to how our brain works and why we behave the way we do in his new book, Brain Briefs. Guest number two is Chuck English, in charge of snowmaking at Deer Valley. 

Today’s Musical Guest: Doyle’s Hooleygans Greg Doyle – fiddle Mary Finch – fiddle Mike Bennett – whistles Michael Giordano – Guitar Bob Smith – Bodhran (also member of Grapegrass)Second segment is Follies Rewind at Egyptian Theatre October 11-12 Follies Creative Team writers: Rick Klein, Paul Tan, Tom Clyde And in the third segment, we welcome Bonita Hutchinson, Executive Director One Revolution Foundation Hosting the One Rollicking Revel Halloween Bash at O.P. Rockwell October 15th

Cool Science Radio - October 6, 2016

Oct 6, 2016

The FIRe conference is in it’s 14th year and The Economist named the Future in Review Conference the best technology conference in the world. Today’s show will be comprised of additional interviews that were taped during the conference.John and Lynn’s first guests are in fact a panel representing 4 bio tech firms and a venture capitol firm that have come together for a common cause to treat undiagnosed illnesses. The  second guest is Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale a graphene provider in the UK. The third guest is Caitlin Cameron who is the Chair and CEO of OhToe Nexus Medical technologies.

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