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

  On the Morning mix today – more live music – in studio.  John and Peggy’s musical guests are Shannon Runyon, Elizabeth Hareza and Drew Fink of Small House Strings. In the second segment of the program, the author of Mountain Mantras, Kathryn Kemp Guylay,  makes an appearance. And in the final segment, author Chris Barton explains how the Nutcracker Came to America.

  In the first segment of the program, John and Lynn interview Dr. Cynthia Burrows.  University of Utah chemists devised a new way to detect chemical damage to DNA that sometimes leads to genetic mutations responsible for many diseases, including various cancers and neurological disorders.  In the second segment, Malcolm Gay, author of, The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines.

  Musical guest this morning is Jenny Gautney who performs live on the program.  On the second segment of the program John and Peggy talk with Scott House of White Pine Touring.  In segment three they highlight the Chairs for Charity event where each charity is paired with an artist who is taking an old Motherload chair lift chair and turning it into a piece of art to auction off in an effort to raise funds for that charity.  Guests include Bill Rock, Dave March and Bridgette Meinhold.  

  Today’s first guest is Roger Burrows who teaches CAPP classes at the High School says he’d like to create a “technology vision” statement for the PCSD.

  Today’s first guest were musicians Elizabeth Harza and Shannon Runyon who performed live.  In segment two of the program, Mary Lesor and Judy Brusa brought us up to date on St. Mary’s Park City Boutique.  The final guest is musician Kurt Bestor talking about his appearances around the area. 

  John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek’s first guest is Patricia Goldstone, author of Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow World of Mark Lombardi. In the fateful month of March 2000, shortly after opening a hugely successful show in New York that unveiled the more nefarious financial connections of Presidential candidate George W. Bush, the hugely ambitious Conceptual artist Mark Lombardi was found hanged in his studio, an apparent suicide.

Morning Mix - November 3, 2015

Nov 13, 2015

  Today John Wells and guest   co-host Christie Dilloway are celebrating the 60th Morning Mix program with musical guests Dan Hall, Brady Chavez and Nina Oyler of the group Mister Sister. In segment two of the show Jenny Hardman, Jen Smith, June Robinson, Erin Robinson and Christie Dilloway – hosts of the Main Street Music Crawl talk about the event this weekend.  The final guests of the hour are Jane Patton and Ann Johnson of Peace House bringing us up to date about Bling Fling.

Cool Science Radio - November 12, 2015

Nov 12, 2015

  The first guest this morning is Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World. Humboldt lived in the early 1800s. He was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age yet not too many people know of his work.   The 2nd guest this morning is Jim Baggot, author of Origins:  The Scientific Story of Creation. Baggot starts with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago and travels right up to the emergence of humans as intelligent beings.

  The first guest today was Robyn Cage.  She sang - In studio.  The second guest on the program - Sandra Morrison from the Park City Museum.  And in segment three, Scott House from Jans and White Pine discussed a new avalanche program.  John and Peg also brought us up to date on the events around the area over the weekend.

Cool Science Radio - November 5, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

 Our first guest this morning is Dan Gardner, who is the coauthor of Superforecasting: The Art and             Science of Prediction. In this groundbreaking and accessible book, Tetlock and Gardner show us how we can learn from an elite group of volunteers that participated in a forecasting tournament. Our second guests are Alessandra Angelucci, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Valerio Pascucci, Professor, from the School of Computing, both guests from the University of Utah.