John Wells

Producer/ Co-Host

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

 Neuroscientist Dr. Dean Burnett joins the show to talk about the science behind what makes us happy. The implicit drive to find happiness is behind almost everything we do - whether it’s finding a job, falling in love, starting a family, or watching television. Burnett explores this science in an accessible, compelling, and entertaining manner in his book, Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why.

 

John and Lynn speak with Paul Corson, Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of Utah’s TVC (Technology and Venture Commercialization). The University of Utah’s Center for Technology & Venture Commercialization helps bring inventions to market -  they help turn ideas into more than just ideas. The Center does a lot of matchmaking—connecting executives to companies to help run them, connecting inventions with licensees, connecting companies to funding.

On The Morning Mix, John and Christie's in-studio musical guest is Shannon Runyon.  They interview Fuzz Feddersen of Flying Ace All-Star show and Joey Traum of Reggae Rise Up Festival. All that plus a full rundown of weekend events in our area, so you know what’s going on for entertainment in our community. 

Cool Science Radio - August 16, 2018

Aug 16, 2018

Dr. James Stray-Gunderson who is the developer and co-founder of the (B)Strong BFR Training System. BFR stands for blood flow restriction. Dr. Stray Gunderson states that BFR training is an exercise technique that manipulates the body circulatory system and when combined with exercise produces rapid gains in strength and fitness using light loads and in a very short period of time. We will talk with Dr. Stray-Gunderson about the technique and the science behind these claims.

The Morning Mix - August 10, 2018

Aug 10, 2018

  On the  Morning Mix this week,  the in-studio musical guest is Salt Lake City-native, Brooke Mackintosh. Other guests include Jeffrey Howrey (aka...Dr Bob) and Greg Freeman talking about the Dr Bob Reunion show this weekend. Also a call with Charley Freshman of the Canonneers of the Wasatch, who perform an integral part of the Utah Symphony's performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, taking place at Deer Valley's Outdoor Amphitheatre Friday night.     

Nick Chater is the professor of behavioral science at the Warwick Business School. He argues in his new book The Mind is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain, that our brain is not governed by the unconscious mind or by mysterious depths, but instead it improvises the present based on the experiences of the past.  So, if this is true, he also argues that we can build a new present based on what we have accumulated from our past. Pretty simple?  Tune in to listen to this engaging dialogue. 

 

 

Jen Schwartz, the senior editor for Scientific American, joins Cool Science Radio. She speaks about an article she wrote in the August edition of the magazine called Surrendering to the Rising Seas. Coastal communities struggling to adapt to climate change are beginning to do what was once unthinkable: retreat. This paints the picture of the inevitability of the rising seas.

Today's Morning Mix program talks about the entertainment options to explore this weekend including Park City's Arts Festival, the Wasatch County Fair, the Summit County Fair, and a plethora of outdoor and indoor concerts. Giving us highlights on a few of these events in studio is Dallin Koecher of the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce. Live musical guests Elizabeth Hareza and Aaron English, and an interview with Katelyn Shook of Shook Twins.

 

The Sun is not silent. The low, pulsing hum of our star's heartbeat allows scientists to peer inside, revealing huge rivers of solar material flowing. NASA heliophysicist Alex Young explains how this simple sound connects us with the Sun and all the other stars in the universe. Listen in on the Sun in this three minute audio clip.

Dr. Bonnie Meinke joins Cool Science Radio. Dr. Meinke is the James Webb Deputy Project Scientist for the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Educational Officer for the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Meinke gives her insight into last week's announcement of a lake of water discovered on Mars, which is the closest it has been to the Earth in 15 years.  She also talks about the churning clouds on Saturn. 

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