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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State & Regional
3:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Mountain Summer - July 25, 2014

It's fresh updates on all kinds of Summer fun on this edition of KPCW's Mountain Summer. Updates include exhibits at the Utah Museum of Natural History, The Park City Arts Festival, The Sundance Institute, The Summit County Fair and a visit from Chef Meryl.

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State & Regional
2:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Mountain Summer - July 18, 2014

Meisha Lawson joined John Wells for another edition of Mountain Summer, including a visit from Greg West of Utah Olympic Park. He dropped by to talk about Western Day on Saturday (7/19). Travis English from Summit County dropped by with Paige Lindsay, Miss Summit County -2013. They talked about the fair coming up in the next few weeks. Laurie Backus, a park ranger at Jordanelle also joined the show to talk about Fire On The Water, also on Saturday (7/19). Meisha and John also gave a rundown of a bunch of other events all over the area this weekend.

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State & Regional
11:43 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Cool Science Radio - July 17, 2014

Author Rebecca Coffee joined John (Wells) and Beth (Fratkin) to talk about stress and her recent article for Discover Magazine, 20 Things You Didn't Know About Stress. National Geographic Host Jason Silva then joined the show to talk about NatGeo's Expedition Granted. Jason is the host of NatGeo's Brain Games.

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State & Regional
12:26 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Mountain Summer - July 11, 2014

On the premiere of KPCW's Mountain Summer, hosts John Wells and Peggy Veverka 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.

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State & Regional
1:52 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Cool Science Radio - July 10, 2014

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.

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State & Regional
1:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cool Science Radio - July 3, 2014

Cool Science Radio on KPCW

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.

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Finance
3:16 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Mountain Money - June 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.

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Technology
3:07 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Cool Science Radio - June 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.

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Healthy Lifestyle
4:37 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Mountain Life - April 30, 2014

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.

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Technology
12:49 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cool Science Radio - April 10, 2014

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.

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