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

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.

 

 

 

 

On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Jeff Hawkins introduces us to new ideas outlined in his book, A Thousand Brains, A new theory of Intelligence.

Hawkins shares a groundbreaking new theory on intelligence, showing how the brain uses maplike structures to build a model of the world-not just one model, but hundreds of thousands, which then vote together to reach a consensus.

This week on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss his new book, Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Building on the wisdom of the ancients and explaining the most significant science of today, Tyson takes readers on a journey from past to future, punctuated with stunning images portraying not only the universe but also the key ideas that help us understand it. 


On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Park City resident and assistant state paleontologist Don Deblieux talks about The Utah Raptor Megablock Fossil Project.

The Utah Geological Survey holds what is likely the most spectacular dinosaur fossil assemblage ever collected in the state. 

 

On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Tim Harford joins us to discuss his book THE DATA DETECTIVE: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics.

In 2020, we were inundated with data on Covid-19 rates and election results. Statistics and numbers have never been more important to understand.

Statistics are what make the world add up and Tim will help us understand how to make sense of it all.

On this edition of Cool Science Radio:

Nicole Perlroth talks about her book This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends - The Cyberweapons Arms Race.

In her book, Perlroth covers Zero-day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices and move around undetected.

One of the most coveted tools in a spy's arsenal, a zero-day not only has the power to silently spy on an iPhone, but also dismantle the safety controls at a chemical plant, alter an election, and shut down the electric grid.

On today's episode of Cool Science Radio:

Author Dr. Ina Park who joins to discuss STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STD's.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people in the US have a sexually transmitted disease and that direct lifetime medical associated costs were $16 billion dollars primarily for the treatment of HPV-related cancer and HIV.

 

  

On today's episode of Cool Science Radio:

Social psychologist Hans Rocha Ijzerman will explore his new book on human's inner thermostat. Regulating body temperature is one of the most fundamental tasks for any animal. 

Like huddling penguins, humans have long relied on one another to maintain our temperatures; over millennia, this instinct for thermoregulation has shaped our lives and culture. 

In this episode of Cool Science Radio

Daniel Levitin, who has written Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. As the pandemic radically reshapes our daily lives, it is now more important than ever that we understand the science and art of aging well: building healthy habits that allow us to grow and thrive, protect our bodies and minds, and reconnect with what is most satisfying and meaningful to us. 

Cool Science Radio's guest in this episode is Director Gavin Schmidt, of  NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies . Each year, NASA and NOAA undertake the huge task of measuring the average temperature of the Earth, using an impressive fleet of satellites in orbit, interrogating hundreds of buoys as well as scientists making local measurements all around the globe. Understanding these long-term changes is vital to how we interact with our environment, from planting different crops to managing water resources to predicting the strength of hurricanes.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn are joined by Scientific American editor Jen Schwartz.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek's guest is Antonio Zadra. Antonio is a world-renowned sleep and dream researcher who brings together state-of-the-art neuroscientific ideas and findings to help listeners understand key features of several types of dreams. From prophetic dreams to nightmares and lucid dreams he explains how dreams can facilitate creativity and why they can be a source of personal insight.

John and Lynn are joined in this epsiode of Cool Science Radio by Annie Jacobsen who has written FIRST PLATOON: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance. Jacobsen writes about a platoon in Afghanistan that was unwittingly involved in a shadowy Defense Department program to capture biometrics—fingerprints, iris scans, facial images, and DNA—on 80 percent of Afghanistan’s entire population. This program, born of war, is coming home to America.

  In this episode of Cool Science Radio the guest is Dr. Brittany Busse, Mental Health Expert, and Associate Medical Director at WorkCare. A new Gallup poll shows that America’s mental health is at a new low since the last two decades. Along with this comes higher rates of suicide, drinking, and addiction. We will talk with Dr. Busse about why this drop is so alarming and what American’s can do to keep themselves in a healthy mental state during the pandemic.

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