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

The Morning Mix - September 9, 2016

Sep 9, 2016

John and Christie’s first guests are members of the cast of La Cage Aux Folles playing this weekend at the Egyptian Theater. They perform live in studio.  The second guest is Meisha Ross who tells us bout Autumn Aloft. Finally, Keith Barany talks comedy and comedians who will be appearing at the Egyptian Theater.

Cool Science Radio - September 8, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

  John and co-host Steve Joyce speak with Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future. America's electrical grid, an engineering triumph of the twentieth century, is turning out to be a poor fit for the present. It's not just that the grid has grown old and is now in dire need of basic repair.

  John’s first guest is Stephen Wolfram, author of Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People. This book of thoroughly engaging essays from one of today's most prodigious innovators provides a uniquely personal perspective on the lives and achievements of a selection of intriguing figures from the history of science and technology.Guest two on the program is Daniel Levitin author of A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.

The Morning mix - August 26, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

  John and Christie welcome April Souza to the program.  April will perform in studio. The second guest on the program is Gary Talley, a member of the Box Tops who are performing this weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. The final guest on the program is Mike Luers from Squatters and Wasatch Brewery. 

  On this morning’s 100 show anniversary we celebrate with guest performing live in two studios for two hours.  In the first segment, John and Jude welcome Musician Joel Pack in studio “A” who performs live in Studio.  Then in segment two we switch to studio “B” where Christie welcomes the Group Grapegrass who performs three songs.  Then it’s back to Studio “A” where Robert Bartko performs.

In the second hour of the 100 programs special, Robyn Cage sings and plays the keyboard followed by the Group Mister Sister.

Cool Science Radio - August 18, 2016

Aug 18, 2016

  John and guest co-host Alex Butwinski talk with Meg Leta Jones, author of Ctrl + Z The Right to Be Forgotten. This is going on your permanent record!” is a threat that has never held more weight than it does in the Internet Age, when information lasts indefinitely. The ability to make good on that threat is as democratized as posting a Tweet or making blog. Data about us is created, shared, collected, analyzed, and processed at an overwhelming scale.

  John and Jude’s first guest is Wyatt Pike who performs live in studio. Second guests include Jeff LaBounty, Jeff Award and Ginger Ries talking about the Park City Restaurant Association Summer Contest.  Final guests are Robin Marrouche, the Executive Director of the Kimball Arts Festival and Ron Butkovich, a local jewelry artist.

  John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek share Cool Science stories about the Apollo 11 mission, about new style  car-jacking.  Then it's Colleen Mclaughlin of the Natural History Museum of Utah, and finally BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera on his new book, Cyber Spies:  The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage.

  Today on the program John and Christie speak with David Tolk who performs “live” in studio. The second guest is Rei Hotoda, Utah Symphony Conductor. The fiinal guests are members of Paul Revere’s Raiders who are performing this weekend at the Egyptian Theatre. 

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Rachel Ignotofsky, author of Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.