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

Cool Science Radio is joined by Dr. Angela Trego who is on the board of directors for the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake. We speak with Dr. Trego about the Woman/Women exhibit celebrating women empowering every woman. We speak with her about the exhibit, what visitors can expect when they walk thru and how the exhibit may evolve over time.

 

The Morning Mix - July 27, 2018

Jul 27, 2018

 The musical guest this week is Alicia Stockman. Anna Wilson and Monty Powell are in to highlight their innagural TrouBeliever Festival taking place at Snowbasin Resort on August 3rd and 4th featuring 9 musical acts including Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, and EmmyLou Harris. Also a conversation with Ben Anderson, a local musician  spearheading a fundraising concert next week at The Rockwell Room with Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson to benefit Anders Osborne's Send Me A Friend initiative for musicians in recovery. 

Dr. Randall Irmis joins Cool Science Radio. Irmis is the Chief Curator and a Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah, and he had a hand in discovering a new dinosaur right here in Utah in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The announcement was made at a recent unveiling at the Natural History Museum of Utah. This dinosaur, the Akainacephalus johnsoni has a spiky bony armor covering the skull and snout and is about 76 million years old. 

 

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University in Montreal. He’s also the author of 16 bestselling popular science books and he regularly demystifies the chemistry of everyday life.  He speaks about his new book, A Feast of Science: Intriguing Morsels from the Science of Everyday Life. 

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The Morning Mix - July 20, 2018

Jul 20, 2018

This week The Morning Mix is taking their show on the road!  JW and Christie broadcast live from Abravenel Hall in downtown Salt Lake City with the Utah Symphony as their live musical guest. They also speak with singer, musician, and author  Rick Springfield, who's performing with the Symphony Friday night in Park City at the Deer Valley Music Festival. Additional interview guests include Toby Tolokan- Vice President of Artistic Planning, Leslie Petersen- Vice President of Development, and Paula Fowler- Director of Education and Community Outreach. 

Joining Cool Science Radio from NASA Goddard Space Center is Dr. Eric Christian, the Deputy Principal Investigator for the instrumentation package that will be on the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft that will launch in early August. The Parker Solar Probe Mission will fly closer to the Sun than any human-made object has ever gone. A mission 60 years in the making, Parker Solar Probe will make an historic journey to the sun's corona, a region of the solar atmosphere.

Cool Science Radio speaks with Bill Andrews, Senior Associate Editor for Discover Magazine. Discover’s July/August issue features a section titled, "Everything Worth Knowing," and covers a broad range of topics about the Giza pyramids, clouds, personality, the Milky Way, mass extinctions, the science of music, octopuses, autonomous cars and more.

On The Morning Mix, Robyn Cage is performing live in the studio throughout the program. Also, Ellie Gallagher is in to promote her show PC Girl Cabaret, happening Friday night at Downstairs.  Juliann Fritz, Board Member of Park City Summit County Arts Council and Graham Reynolds offer details on this weekend's Summit County Arts Showcase, and Grayson West and Piper Underbrink talk about events coming up at 350 Main sponsored by Alpine Distilling. All that and a full rundown of music and events happening in our community this weekend.

Dan Strickman is a medical entomologist for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the author of an article called Buzzkill in the July edition of Scientific American. In it he talks about mosquitos, the creature everyone hates! There’s good reason to have disdain for them, the mosquito is responsible for 725,000 deaths annually, making it the deadliest creature on the planet. But scientists are fighting back with new poisons, traps, and genetic engineering techniques.

 

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