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 Cronkite'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

Decline in Birth Rates During the Pandemic

Sep 9, 2021

On Cool Science Radio, Senior Editor at Scientific American magazine, Tanya Lewis, joins the show. 

Lewis recently wrote an article on how the pandemic has caused a baby bust, not a boom, as previously thought. The pandemic has resulted in declines in birth rates in many high-income countries. 

Lewis will also give a general Covid update from this science writer who has meticulously covered Covid from the onset. 

 

  

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John dive into a fascinating discussion about dreams with Sidarta Ribeiro, who has written THE ORACLE OF NIGHT: The History and Science of Dreams.

 

Ribeiro answers our questions about what dreams are and why we have them.

 

On Cool Science Radio, Dr. Kate Biberdorf joins the show to talk about her new book, It’s Elemental: The Hidden Chemistry in Everything.

From eating breakfast to putting on makeup, to baking and sleeping, chemistry is literally everywhere—and it doesn’t take a Ph.D. in science to understand it. 

On Cool Science Radio, Dr. Albert Chun comes on the show to discuss Peripheral Artery Disease.

He will share with us how healthcare technology is creating solutions for patients with this disease. This includes stents coated with medications and other exciting innovations. 

 

 

OCEARCH Completes 40th Ocean Research Expedition

Jun 10, 2021

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John speak with Chris Fischer, Founder and Chairman of OCEARCH.

 

OCEARCH, has just returned from its 40th ocean research expedition off the coast of the Carolinas.

 

Ocearch has collaborated with 42 scientists from 28 research institutions, and collected data for 23 science projects about sharks.

 

How the First Stars Were Formed

May 27, 2021

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn speak with Astrophysicist Dr. Emma Chapman, who has written: First Light: Switching on Stars at the Dawn of Time.

 

Chapman shares information on how the first stars were formed, why they were so unusual, and what they can teach us about the Universe today.

 

They also discuss state-of-the-art telescopes that will let us peer into the past as scientists search for the echoes and footprints of these stars and more.

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn have a conversation with Leah Harter, Director of Counseling at the Christian Center of Park City.

Harter is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been a practicing therapist for more than 20 years. 

She comes on the show to discuss a fascinating technology she and other therapists use to help treat insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

On Cool Science Radio, Professor Vaclav Smil joins the show to discuss his new book, NUMBERS DON’T LIE: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World.

Vaclav Smil's mission is to make facts matter. 

An environmental scientist, policy analyst, and a hugely prolific author, Smil is Bill Gates' go-to guy for making sense of our world. 

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn & John welcome Dr. Joe Rubinsztain from the digital health company, Chronwell. 

Chronwell uses digital innovation to manage at-risk populations.

Dr. Rubinsztain provides examples of how AI and machine learning will continue to drive early patient intervention with chronic diseases, making big changes to patient care at low cost for the payor and consumer.

 

  

On Cool Science Radio, bestselling author Douglas Tallamy, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, joins the show.

Tallamy discusses his new book: The Nature of Oaks. In the book, he reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars.  

This week on Cool Science Radio, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek are talking with Jim O’Connell, the CEO and co-founder of Envara Health.

Evara Health is a company which deals with the roughly 1.5 billion people around the globe who deal with conditions such as unintentional weight loss and inadequate absorption or malabsorption.

On Cool Science Radio, Dr. Michio Kaku discusses his new book: THE GOD EQUATION: The Quest for a Theory of Everything.

 

Einstein dedicated his life to seeking this elusive Holy Grail, a single, revolutionary “God equation” which would tie all the forces in the universe together. Unfortunately, he never found it.

 

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn are talking with Aimee Quon.

 

Quon is from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and will be enlightening us on Mars. Topics include the the fact that the atmosphere on Mars is about 100 times thinner than on Earth.

 

The thin air makes it incredibly difficult to fly, but NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is about to attempt this feat.

 

On Cool Science Radio, author Olivia Campbell joins the show to share the story of three pioneering Victorian women who broke down barriers in medicine to become the first women doctors.

Her book is titled, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine. 

  

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn have renowned Cambridge zoologist Arik Kershenbaum.

 

Kershenbaum has written THE ZOOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens—and Ourselves.

 

This book is a fun exploration of what life on other planets must be like: how they may move, socialize, and communicate.

 

 

 

 

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