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 Jude welcome their music guest, Alicia Stockman, who performs live in studio.  The second guest on the program is Kendeyl Johansen of Park City Fun Seekers Over 40 Singles Club. And the final guest is Kathleen Barlow who brings us up to date on the Money Energy Healing Event.

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Tom Griffiths co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human. Griffiths show how the algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions.

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Hosts John Wells and Christie Dilloway get the morning moving with a visit and live performance from Grapegrass. They get a glimpse of writing music for film in their interview with Paul Dalio, director and composer of  2015 movie starring Katie Holmes, Touched with Fire.

The show circles back with local music, this time with the Utah Symphony's Public Relations Director Renée Huang, and Director of Special Events & Deer Valley Music Festival Community Relations, Natalie Cope.

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This week on Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells explore the universe's ultimate questions of who we are, where we are and the presence of extra dimensions with Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture.

Author Hope Jahren joins the show for the second half, discussing her new memoir, Lab Girl, delving into science, friendship and plants.

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On this week's The Morning Mix, hosts John Wells and Jude Robinson get serenaded by musical guest Jody Whitesides, visit with Jason Hackney to find out about spring rock climbing and explore the summer lineup at the DeJoria Center with Tracy Mullen.

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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk about coincidence, and the fascinating world of math and probability behind that coincidence with Joseph Mazur, author of the book, Fluke: the Math and Myth of Coincidence. 

Then, a conversation with Rowland White, bestselling author and aviation expert, about his new book, Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her. 

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  John and Christie’s first guest today is Errol Grant, a member of the reggae group Patwa.  He performs a cappella in studio.  The next guests are Sean Beard and Amy Cutt   with Running with Ed.  Final guests today are Jocelyn Scudder  from the Kimball Art Center and Kristen McDermaid , the ceramic studio program manager at Kimball.   

The Morning Mix - April 8, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
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  Today’s first guest on the program is Robyn Cage.  She performs three songs live in studio. Guest number two is Janet LaPera who played for the LPGA for eight years.  Janet is a golf instructor at Jeremy  Ranch.  Today’s final guest  is Jack Tolan of the Band Sneaky Pete.

Cool Science Radio - April 7, 2016

Apr 7, 2016

  John Wells and guest co-host Alex Butwinski welcome Mary Spio to the show.  Mary is the author of the book, It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success.

The second guest on the program is Matt Wilkinson who has written, Restless Creatures: The Story of Life in Ten Movements. Matt’s book makes the argument that the true story of evolution is the story of locomotion, from the first stirrings of Bacteria to the amazing feats of Olympic athletes. 

The Morning Mix - April 1, 2016

Apr 1, 2016

  John Wells and Christie Dilloway’s first guest is Robert Bartko who performs live in studio. The second guest is Comedian Rick D’Elia.  Final guest is Adam Curfew who is director of brewery production at Squatters and Wasatch Brewery.  

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