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

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.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn welcome author and food activist Anthony Warner,. His new book,  ENDING HUNGER: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It, reviews the challenges and history of humanity’s fight against hunger. The complexities and issues surrounding the feeding of the world’s population can seem insurmountable and confusing.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is Camilla Pang Phd. Dr. Pang is a postdoctoral scientist in bioinformatics, who also happens to be neurodivergent - (she has autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorder, and ADHD attention-deficit anxiety disorder). Pang will layout her guide to human nature using scientific principles and theories as her roadmap. She shares her book, AN OUTSIDER’S GUIDE TO HUMANS.

On the final day of 2020, John and Lynn celebrate the year-end and a new beginning with a best-of show featuring interviews previously aired that inspired them to carve out the work needed to change our world for the better in terms of technology.

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio is,  Casey Mullen, a doctoral student at the University of Utah. Mullen is the lead author in a study just released that found more frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County during the 2016-2017 year.

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week is Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. Wiseman serves as the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio the guest is Tanya Lewis, associate editor of health and medicine at Scientific American who gives an overview of the CoVid vaccine. The FDA’s advisory committee on vaccines meets on Thursday Decmber 10th to discuss vaccine data, so they could make a recommendation on whether to approve the Pfizer and/or Moderna vaccine as soon as then.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is New York Times best-selling author Simon Garfield. He discusses his new book, Dog’s Best Friend: A Brief History of An Unbreakable Bond . Whether you’re a new dog parent, or the longtime owner of a family dog, Dog’s Best Friend offers a charming meditation on the relationship between humans and dogs, drawing upon history, science, art, and personal experience to illuminate a magical bond that has endured millennia.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Park City resident Anna Cley who is from France and as a girl dreamed of being an astronaut. She became a rocket scientist for the National Centre for Space Studies which is the French equivalent of NASA and is now a professional opera singer.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio  Jonathan Johnson, CEO of overstock.com and President of Medici Ventures joins John and Lynn to talk about the meteoric rise of overstock.com and the importance of blockchain technology for immutable election voting results, democratizing banking for all, and the important role that Blockchain can play in the record-keeping of vaccinating a planet full of people.

In this rebroadcast of a Cool Science Radio interview, John and Lynn spoke with Col. Mike Fincke the day before the SpaceX Crew-1 launch on Sunday, November 15, 2020. They talk about regular, cost-effective missions to the station from American Soil. In this mission 4 astronauts successfully launched and docked with the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. This was the first crew rotation mission to the orbiting laboratory.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is  Andrew Maynard, PhD. Professor Maynard is an expert on the socially responsible development of technology. He writes that human beings have a responsibility to change the future for the better. They discuss his new book, Future Rising: A Journey From the Past to the Edge of Tomorrow.

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