John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

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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Mountain Summer - July 11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014

On the premiere of KPCW's Mountain Summer show, hosts John Wells and Peggy Ijams were joined by station General Manager and President Larry Warren to talk about the show and what's coming up. Ryan Cray and Kate Boyd from Park Silly Market and Alissa Daly from Republic Services joined the show to talk about "recycle day" which is their theme this Sunday. Travis English dropped by to talk about the Summit County Fair and Katy Wang joined the show to talk about the Park City Film Series.

In the first segment of today's show, hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek spoke with Mary Mazzio, Executive Producer of Underwater Dreams. She wrote and directed this documentary about four teenage boys from the desert who built and undersea robot with parts from Home Depot, etc. Dr. Doug Lemon then joined the show to talk about the challenges of "range anxiety", a big issue for users of electric vehicles. Dr. Lemon is a part of USU's Wireless Power Transfer Team.

Cool Science Radio - July 3, 2014

Jul 3, 2014

Hosts John Wells and Alex Butwinski spoke with a couple of authors on today's show, including Alex Wright, author of Cataloging The World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age.  John and Alex also spoke with Michael Blastland, co-author of The Norm Chronicles: Stories and Numbers about Danger.

Mountain Money - June 30 2014

Jun 30, 2014

Larry Warren and Doug Wells welcome David Bradford, ex-CEO of Fusion-io and Hirevue, author of Up Your Game: 6 Timeless Principles for Networking Your Way to the Top. Cheleste Devereraux of Lunch Box also dropped by to talk about the services offered at the salon. Larry and John finished up the show with a conversation with Vicki Varela, managing director of Utah Office of Tourism.

Cool Science Radio - June 12, 2014

Jun 12, 2014

John and Lynn have a conversation with Sam Kean, author of "The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and Recovery. For the second half, Dr. Terence Hines, of Pace University and author of a paper examining Einstein's brain.

Lynn and guest co-host John Wells spoke first with NY Times bestselling author Zac Bissonnette, author of Good Advice from Bad People:  Selected Wisdom form Murderers, Stock Swindlers, and Lance Armstrong.

Lynn and John talk about the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite with Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum of NASA. Part of the mission's goal is to improve forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters. This leads to the next guest, Jacob Lowenstern, Scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Yellowstone National Park sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanos.

Doug Wells welcomes guest host John Wells today, to talk to Yukari Iwatani Kane, author of "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs". Mark Baker is a Health Savings Account Specialist for United HealthONE. He goes over the advantages of an HSA. Finally, Eric May, who has recently been appointed as the General Manager of the Blue Boar Inn, in Midway.

John and Lynn start with "America's funniest science writer", Mary Roach with her new book "Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal". Then, Dr. Pearl Sandick, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah. Pearl talks about the discovery of ripples in space that may provide validation of the Big Bang Theory.

Lynn and John have a discussion with Naveena Sadasivam, reporter at ProPublica, an independent non-profit news room, about possible health implications of hydro fracking. Karen Wilkinson is the second guest. She is the co-author, with Mike Petrich, of The Art of Tinkering, a celebration of what it means to tinker: take things apart and build art that is part of science and technology.

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