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 Dan Seaton joins the conversation about the relationship between and sun and the earth. Dan is a University of Colorado NOAA Scientist. The words "Space Weather" may conjure up images of intergalactic tornadoes and star filled blizzards, but it actually refers to the electrically charged particles and radiation from the sun. After a few quiet years, our sun is once again rampining up with activity. What does that mean for us here on earth?

Board-certified neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Braun, joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio. Dr. Braun gives the science behind how to help arrest the onset of Alzheimers Disease. She has written an accessible and thorough book called, High-Octane Brain:5 Science-Based Steps to Sharpen Your Memory and Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s.

Scientific American COVID19 Myths Article
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On this episode of Cool Science Radio Science journalist and health and medicine editor Tanya Lewis at Scientific American, (the longest running magazine in America) talks about her recently published article: Nine COVID-19 Myths That Just Won’t Go Away. From a human-made virus to vaccine conspiracy theories, the magazine rounded up the most persistent false claims about the pandemic.  

In this epsisode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn speak with author Kimberly Friedmutter who has written Subconscious Power: Use Your Inner Mind to Create the Life You’ve Always Wanted. Friedmutter shares with us simple techniques to help us tap into our subconscious and tells us why daydreaming is a good first step to unlocking this power.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio University of Utah Professor Roger Altizer revisits with John and Lynn. The Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program at the University of Utah is a top-ranked program in video game education and research and is a national leader in the nascent discipline of games.

In this episode Aaron Yazzie, Mechanical Engineer for Mars Perseverance Mission, joins Cool Science Radio. Perseverance is the most robust rover ever to be sent to the Red Planet. It will take the next step in Mars exploration by seeking to answer the question: Are there any signs that life once existed on Mars? 

On this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn are joined by Laura Helmuth, the editor of the longest running magazine of all time: Scientific American magazine which celebrates it's 175th anniversary this month.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Michael Horkachuck who manages NASA/SpaceX Commercial Crew program joins the show. The next astronaut mission dubbed Crew-1 and scheduled for October 23rd marks the first of regular rotational missions to the International Space Station by the SpaceX Crew Dragon. 4 astronauts will launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Park City resident Chris Fischer, founder and expedition leader for OCEARCH talks shark. Fischer’s company is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking and studying great white sharks. Chris joins us from the OCEARCH research vessel off the coast of New England as they begin day 1 of expedition 37.







In this episode of Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek welcome Mark Honigsbuam who, over a year ago wrote The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris. It was an ample foreshadowing of 2020 and he joins us again to talk about the new chapter he has just added to his book, about Coronavirus.

Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek  interview Anthony Townsend, an author and consultant working at the intersection of urbanization and digital technology who joins the show.  When self-driving technology infects buses, bikes, delivery vans, and even buildings…a wild, woollier, future awaits. Anthony has written Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car.  

This week on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Steve Burns, CEO, and President of the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Burns talks about what you can see in person and virtually at the zoo. Burns will also talk about the July 6 birth of a baby girl gorilla. This is the first successful birth of a Western Lowland Gorilla in the Zoo’s 89-year history. 

Dave Kieda, Dean, The Graduate School and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah and Nolan Matthews, graduate research assistant at the University of Utah join Lynn and John this week on Cool Science Radio. They are part of a team of scientists and educators that have developed an array of telescopes that will provide unparalleled resolution and detail that will help to improve our understanding of faraway stellar systems.

Writer, speaker, and academic, Colin Dickey joins Cool Science Radio this week. Dickey has written, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, And Our Obsession With The Unexplained.  In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational and one the fringe is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on. 

David Quammen joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the DodoThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Quammen was interviewed on Cool Science Radio back in 2018 about The Tangled Tree.