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

John and Christie welcome their musical Guest Rob Reinfurt  who performs live on the program.  Then they welcome Terri Orr- executive director of the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, curator of the Park City Institute, and co-director of the PCI/Strategic News Service "Future in Review" Speaker Series.  Tinsley Ellis Droped by to visit. Ellis is appearing at the Egyptian Theater this weekend.

Cool Science Radio - December 1. 2016

Dec 1, 2016

Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Roger Altizer, from the University of Utah who heads up the Entertainment Arts & Engineering: Master Games Studio, part of the nation’s top gaming department. Then, Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, professors at Stanford University, with their new book, Designing Your Life.

The Morning Mix - November 11, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

First guest on the program is Courtney Spaulding from Troubled Youth Blues Band (classic Blues) and Emanon. She is a Park City High School Senior and performs live.  Next up is the Utah Natural History Museum Curator Mitchell James Power talking about the Behind the Scenes Event: opening non-public exhibits - November 12-13. Then John and Jude talk with Hilary Reiter about The Park City Santa Pub Crawl, Saturday, December 3rd. Finally on the program, information about Bling Fling, Friday & Saturday, Nov 11-12 at PC Community Church.

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.

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