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  1. Jimmy Wales on Desert Island Discs

    Jimmy Wales, internet entrepreneur, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs.

    He is best known as the co-founder of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. He grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and was the eldest child of a grocery store manager and his wife who ran a primary school where Jimmy and his siblings were educated. After acquiring a degree in finance and working as a trader in Chicago, his first serious foray into the online world was with the web portal Bomis, before branching out with a project called Nupedia, an online encyclopedia with entries written by scholars and published after undergoing peer review.

    Wikipedia launched in 2001 and now exists in 287 languages and is the 7th most accessed website in the world with over 20 billion page views per month. It can be edited by anyone though relies on a core of around 5,000 volunteers who are responsible for the majority of the content. It is Jimmy’s aim to create "a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge."

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  2. [Citation Needed] Podcast - Episode 07

    For Episode 7 of the [Citation Needed] Podcast, we examine President Eisenhower’s strong hatred of a particular pine tree, attend a support group for Adult Baby/Diaper Lovers and take an eventful cruise with some classic Hanna-Barbera characters.

    Plus, special guest Paul F. Tompkins drops in to pitch a movie about a thrilling and exciting chase for the truth! It does not go well…

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  3. [Citation Needed] Podcast - Episode 05

    In the fifth episode of the [Citation Needed] Podcast, we examine the Powers and Abilities of Godzilla, take a behind the scenes looks at the editorial turmoil of the magazine Dog Fancy and pitch a new Bruce Lee movie, The Dragon Lives Again. Plus, Paul Sabourin of Paul and Storm stops by to discuss how it feels to have one of your songs mistaken for a Frank Zappa song.

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  4. Citation Needed Podcast — Episode 1

    We have some exciting news: your favorite tumblr assemblage of crappy wikipedia prose is now a podcast! That’s right, the Citation Needed Podcast debuts today!

    Since we rarely offer up commentary on the entries we post here, (preferring that they stand alone like the fine works of art they are), this podcast will give us the chance to expand upon some of the more ridiculous ones. Skits, discussions, songs, treatises, rants - anything is possible.

    In episode 1, you’ll find a hapless screenwriter pitching a movie based on its wikipedia plot summary, a cat owner who would be a lot better off if he had read the entry about his cat, a profound literary discussion, and a peek behind the legal battle over by a certain fashion item sported by the Super Bowl champs, plus a special guest. All based on entries we’ve previously published here.

    Does this sound really nerdy? We admit that it does. But it also turned out really funny, and we hope you’ll download it and pass it along!

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  5. Wikipedia at 10

    As it enters its tenth year, we look at the history and evolution of Wikipedia, which by allowing people from opposite sides of the world to contribute, has grown into one of the most popular websites on the internet.

    What does the future hold for the site? Will it simply be replaced by another way of sharing knowledge on a mass level? Or will Wikipedia one day contain the sum of human knowledge? And are there any downsides to this democratisation of information?

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