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 guest co-host Jude Robinson’s first guest s are members of the group Le Voir who perform live in studio. The second guests on the show are Zach Reynolds and Andrea Peterson from the “You Again” Web Series. More live music from the last guests on the program, Debra Cook, founder and Executive Director of Utah Conservatory and Jonathan Griffith, visiting conductor.

    

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Dr. Andrew Newberg, co-author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation. In this original and groundbreaking book, Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman turn their attention to the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment.In segment two, Pagan Kennedy, author of Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World tells how a father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill.

  John and Peggy’s first guest is Amber Ikeman who performs live in studio. Then, Scott Thompson drops by to talk about what’s happening at OP Rockwell.  And finally, Tracy Mullen brings us up to date on the latest at the DeJoria Center.

John and Lynn’s first gust is Steve Olsen, author of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens. For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. 

  The first guest on the program is Sara Anne Degraw, Playing an electric guitar and singing live in studio.  The second guest is comedian Tim Walkoe who is appearing at the Egyptian Theater. The final guest is KPCW General Manager Larry Warren who tells us about all the winter hikes, bikes and drives available around Park City.

  Today we speak with  Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Scientist  at NASA Goddard, about the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, the GPM. It dissects and bisects weather events to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.  Then,  Adam Kucharski, author of, The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling.  It's the tangled history of betting and science and how the house doesn't always win. 

The Morning Mix - February 26, 2016

Feb 29, 2016

  John Wells and guest co-host Christie Dillloway welcome Musical guest Emily Bea who performs live in studio. The second guest on the program is Renee Huang bringing us up to date on events at the Utah Symphony and Opera. The final guest today is Teri Orr of the Park City Institute who talks about the appearance of The Heritage Blues Orchestra.

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. In Originals Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.

  Today’s first musical guest is Michael Ross Barow performing live in studio.  Our guest in the second segment of the program is Denise Carey, bringing us up to date on the McPolin Farm snow shoe dinner. The final guests were Michael Doucet and other members of BeauSoliel who are performing  this weekend at the Egyptian Theatre.  

  In today’s Morning mix program John and Peggy welcome music guest Brooke Macintosh who is performing live in studio.  Renee Huang from Utah Symphony is the second guest on the program. Renee is offering 10 pairs of tickets to the Utah Symphony, Utah Opera season. Park Meadows Country Club provides the community Challenge for the hour during day five of the spring pledge drive.

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