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.

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Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio is, Eric Miller, President, and CEO of Park City-based Avi-on Labs. Avi-on designs and builds a family of Bluetooth® enabled lighting products that are reliable, state of the art, easy to configure and manage with any smartphone or tablet.

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week is Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, a Research Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Kirschbaum has a number of responsibilities in the study of landslides including developing new techniques for rainfall-triggered landslide hazard assessment and forecasting.

Author and journalist Marta Zaraska joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio today. Zaraska has written "Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100”. This book is based on hundreds of research papers and on interviews with dozens of leading scientists from fields as diverse as molecular biochemistry, cyber psychology, and zoology. Do you want to live longer? Miracle diets, miracle foods, miracle supplements may not be the answer. Friendships. Purpose in life. Empathy. Kindness.

Today on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Dr. Jacob Bleacher. Dr. Bleacher is the Chief Exploration Scientist of Advanced Exploration Systems, a division of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Humans have not walked on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo.

Science journalist Debora Mackenzie joins John and Lynn on Cool Science Radio. She has written the first book to be published on CoVid-19. She joins to discuss: COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One.

Brian Dumaine is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Fortune magazine.

John and Lynn are joined by Raja Dhir on Cool Science Radio. He is the co-founder of Seed Health Seed Health is a microbial sciences company accelerating breakthrough science into live biotherapeutics and innovations for consumer health. There's a community of 38 trillion microorganisms (mostly bacteria) living in and on us. This is our microbiome—our non-human half, that as it turns out, we can’t live without. Seed believes that our microbiome will radically transforming our approach to medicine, hygiene, diet, and living.

On May 30, 2020, Astronauts Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This marks the first launch of humans from American soil since 2011, with the retirement of the Space Shuttle. This launch also marks the first launch of humans into space by a private company. 

 Cool Science Radio welcomes astrophysicist Mario Livio who has written a new book titled Galileo: And the Science Deniers. Disturbed by rampant science denial in America—and around the world—that has only intensified in recent years, Livio began researching the life, ideas, and actions of Galileo, this brilliant man who encountered similar pressures centuries ago.

Lynn and John are joined by Matthew Cobb on Cool Science Radio. Cobb has written The Idea of the Brain, the Past and Future of Neuroscience. For thousands of years, philosophers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain, with its 86 billion neurons, connected in infinite ways, does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea of how the brain works.

It's loud here at KPCW as we are in the final days of remodeling the KPCW studios. John and Lynn have picked out two interviews from the archives for you to enjoy. They will be back next week with more Cool Science Radio. Thanks for listening!

Bob Chamberlain, President of MTI joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Monterey Technologies Inc is based here in Park City. They have developed a product called VIPER (Visual Planning, Execution, and Review). The software lets military and commercial planners execute complex missions on the fly. Monterey Technologies has just been named as a Small Business Innovation Research Success Story for its ViPER Mission Planning Application.

Dr. Michelle Thaller joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio. She is an Astrophysicist and research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center. April 24th marked the 30th birthday of the Hubble Space Telescope. Thanks to Hubble, we now know how old our universe is. It has changed our views of the planets in our own solar system, discovering new objects such as planetary moons and icy objects beyond Pluto. Hubble has shown us the birth of stars and even the creation of black holes. As it turns 30, Hubble continues to push the boundaries of exploration. 

Olfactory scientist and researcher turned novelist Andrea Rothman who has written The DNA Of You and Me in which she takes her science background and weaves in into an engaging  love story of sorts.... one that takes place in the lab and among strains of DNA. She talks about how smell works and how olfactory sensory neurons reach their targets in the brain and how they process smell. 

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