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

Cool Science Radio - June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

On the program this morning, John and Steve speak with Leonard Mlodinow, who discusses his book, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science.

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Karen J. Greenberg, author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State.   Karen Greenberg, is one of this country’s top experts on Guantánamo, torture, and terrorism, with a deep knowledge of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

  This morning on The Morning Mix, John and Christie introduce musical guests Bill McGinnis and Steve Seskin who perform live in studio. In segment two, Janet LePera stops by.  Janet is one of the top LPGA instructors in the world.  The final guest is Dude from Cole Sports talking about the Bike Swap happening  this weekend benefiting the Mountain Trails Foundation.

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Dr. Jon-Karr Zubieta, Chair of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Zubieta is dedicated to promoting innovation at the interface between patient care and scientific discovery.

  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.

KPCW / KPCW

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.

istockphoto.com / Vector Open Stock / KPCW

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.

Monika Guendner / KPCW

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.

istockphoto.com / Vector Open Stock / KPCW

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. 

Pages