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 Jude’s musical guests today are Sol Y Momma who perform live in studio. Then they visit with Insa Reipen from Recycle Utah, who brings us up to date about Uncorked Utah happening today from 5 to 10 pm.  The final guest is Robin Marrouche, Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center. 

Cool Science Radio - July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

  John and Alex’s  first guest is Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley. Martínez unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future.The second guest is John Ruple, Associate Professor of Law, University of Utah. In a new study published in Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal, University of Utah S.J.

  The Morning Mix today, live from the Wallsburg Music Festival.  John and Jude’s first musical guest is Elizabeth Hareza who performs live from Wallsburg.  The second guest is Matthew Morrison who will be performing this weekend with the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley.  Then, John and Jude introduce Mindy Dillard who sings and plays live.  Final guest on the program is Rei Hotoda who is an associate conductor of the Utah Symphony.  Our thanks to Roger Crawford for his assistance in engineering the live broadcast from Wallsburg. 

  Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with David Sumpter about soccer and Math in his book Soccermatics:  Mathematical Adventure in the Beautiful Game.  Love soccer and Math?  Or love soccer but wonder about how to be inspired by Math?  

 

Then, Wired magazine's co-founder Kevin Kelly. He's got us looking ahead to what we can expect from technology in The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.

 

  Music guest Joel Pack performs live in studio today. Then, Judy Cullen, Marketing Director of Squatters and the Wasatch Brew Pub along with Matt Bishop, talk about local hops.  

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art.And then they speak with John Bloom, author of Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story. In the early 1990s, Motorola developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Iridium the company was a commercial disaster. Only months after launching service, it was $11 billion in debt, burning through $100 million a month.

  John and Christie welcome cast members from the show Rock of Ages performing tonight at the Egyptian Theater.  They perform live in studio. The second guest on the program is Renee Huang from the Deer Valley Music Festival who offers a schedule of summer events. Final guests today are Daniel Lewis and Patton Murray from the Leadership Class Project.

  John and Jude’s first guest is Oli K who performs live in studio.  Then Moe Hickey makes an appearance talking about the Big Stars Bright Nights Lineup for the summer season. Finally, Michelle Moore and Warren Workman talk about the Park City International Film Festival. 

  Lynn and John interview Jason Wilkes, author of Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself.  Focusing on how mathematics is created rather than on mathematical facts, Wilkes teaches the subject in a way that requires no memorization and no prior knowledge beyond addition and multiplication.Gabriela Gonzalez is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University and the Spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

  John and Christie welcome Brian Kelm, President of the Utah Blues festival which is being held Saturday June 18th at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.  This is the only festival in Utah solely dedicated to increasing awareness of a uniquely American musical art form – Blues music

The second guest on the program is KPCW General Manager Larry Warren who brings us up to date on all the station’s summer activities.

The Final guest on the program is Katrina Kmak from the Park City Library speaking of all the summer kids’ activities the library is offering.  

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