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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John and Peggy speak with Mel Harker,  the cannoneer who fires the cannon, during the Utah Symphony's performance of the 1812 overture at Deer Valley this weekend.

Melanie  Devaney performs live in studio. Melanie will be performing during the Arts Festival this weekend

And... golf tips from Amanda Keith at GolfTech

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Johns first guest this morning was Pierre   Sokolsky who is the distinguished professor of physics and astronomy from the   University of Utah. Physicists plan a $6.4 million expansion of the $25 million             Telescope Array Observatory in Utah so they can zero in on a “hotspot” that    seems to be a source of the most powerful particles in the universe:    ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

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Tim and John's first guest is well known media veteran, best selling author, medical doctor and distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr Dale Archer.  Dr. Archer discusses his latest book, ADHD Advantage.

The second guest, Dan-El Padilla , discusses his book, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey From a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.  The story of an undocumented immigrant's journey from a New York Homeless shelter to the to of his class at Princton.

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Peg Ijams, John Wells and Larry Warren celebrate Pioneer Day Live at the Park City Museum with guests Sandra Morrison, Park City Museum Executive Director and Robin Marrouche from the Kimball Arts Center.  Musical guests Courtney King and Jennifer Worsley performed live during the program.

Today in the program, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Marc Lewis, PHD, author of the book, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease.  Lewis is a neuroscientist and former addict who argues that addiction is  not a disease  and why we should view it as changeable through the brain's particular plasticity and ability to adapt.  It will help, he says with overcoming addition and pave a smoother path to recovery.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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