© 2023 Connecticut Public

FCC Public Inspection Files:
WPKT · WRLI-FM · WEDW-FM · Public Files Contact
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Arts & Culture

Wikipedia At 20: The Promises And Pitfalls Of The "Free Encyclopedia"

Image of the Wikipedia logo on white background
Wikimedia Commons

When you want to learn about an obscure topic, where do you turn? For many, it’s a free, online encyclopedia which now contains more than 55 million user-created articles. This hour, we talk about 20 years of Wikipedia.

We get a behind the scenes look at the sites’ editing process, including the tools the Wikipedia community has developed to fight misinformation.

And we talk about how some users are working to address the site’s persistent gender, racial, and geographic disparities.

Are you a “Wikipedian”?


  • Molly White - Longtime Wikipedia editor based in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sherry Antoine - Executive director of AfroCROWD, a Wikimedia initiative to improve engagement of people of African descent in Wikipedia in both content and editorship
  • Ariella Rotramel - Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies at Connecticut College 

<--break->Learn more about AfroCROWD's virtual BlackWikiHistoryMonth21 Event with NYU LA on Feb. 25, 2021.

Cat Pastor contributed to this program.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

Stand up for civility

This news story is funded in large part by Connecticut Public’s Members — listeners, viewers, and readers like you who value fact-based journalism and trustworthy information.

We hope their support inspires you to donate so that we can continue telling stories that inform, educate, and inspire you and your neighbors. As a community-supported public media service, Connecticut Public has relied on donor support for more than 50 years.

Your donation today will allow us to continue this work on your behalf. Give today at any amount and join the 50,000 members who are building a better—and more civil—Connecticut to live, work, and play.

Related Content