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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The first guest is Chris Johnson, Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, School of Computing at University of Utah. Fusing advanced computing and visualization with biomedicine has earned Chris a prestigious award from the  Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society. Then, David Epstein, author of "The Sports Gene:Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.

Today's first guest is John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, whose research  is focused on jays and ravens. Then, University of Utah electrical engineers, Neal Patwari and Brad Mager, discuss the development of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling.

Today's guests are Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience, Natioanal Institute on Aging, proving you can teach an old dog new tricks.Then, Laura DeFrancesco, Senior Editor of Nature Biotechnology, on food safety.

Hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek talk to Jared Zeizel, co-author of "A Field Guide To Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics". In the second Half, Pedro Sevilla, researcher on the WISE satelllite program at USU.

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Hosts Larry Warren and John Wells talk with Charles Gasparino, author of "Circle of Friends: The Massive Federal Crackdown on Insider Trading and Why the Markets Always Work Against the Little Guy". Then, in the studio, is Vanessa and Michael Dobson of  Pop Art Snacks, organic, gourmet popcorn. Finally, a conversation with author Mary Rowbury, "Grab n"Go", on how to create your own emergency binder of essential records.

Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells start the show with Scott Sampson, lead researcher on the Grand Staircase/Escalante project that discovered a new dinosaur species. In the second half, David Biello, Editor of "Scientic American", about "Fact or Fiction: Science Tackles 58 Popular Myths".

  Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells have author, Brian Hoffman, of "Adrenaline". In the second half, Lily Koppel, author of "The Astronaut Wives Club", about the Mercury Seven astronauts wives.

John Wells welcomes guest host Beth Fratkin. Their first guest is Randall Woods, author of "Shadow Warrior: Williams Egan Colby and the CIA". Then, author Anita Raghaven, "The Billionaire's Apprentice: The Rise of the Indian-American Elite and the Fall of the Galleon Hedge Fund.

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