So, what is Wikipedia?

Ever wonder how we got to have Wikipedia?

CBC has a great episode (I think) of “Ideas in the Afternoon” on encyclopaediae and Wikipedia in particular. ┬áIt goes into the history of Wikipedia, its structure (not software, but the organization), the connection to Wikis in general and Ward Cunningham’s original work, the introduction of Linux, as well as the broader social implications of crowd-sourced knowledge collection and collaborative interactions.

It’s the best piece of radio I’ve heard in a long time.