In the 1930s radio had been around for a few decades, but it was only just becoming commonplace, and it was still an exciting new technology that was rapidly connecting the world and contributing to social and political change. In the US, radio was defining President Roosevelt's man-of-the-people image, with his inviting and personable fireside chats. In Europe, however, radio's effect was amplifying a much more virulent form of populism.

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Fascism was finding its voice. The blended pride and humiliation of national ego, and the simultaneously mocking and fearful portrayal of the weak and terrifying other, were tapping into impulses that were deeply human and capable of immeasurable cruelty. But by the 1950s, the world had adapted to its new interconnectedness, and it seemed certain that we had left true fascism behind for good. It wasn't until recently, with a new technology to connect us more than ever, that the cycle returned and society began finding its way back to those ancient and ruinous tribal divisions around the world.

This is the what comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his portrayal of Borat in the film of the same name, and for his cutting political series Who Is America?, was speaking to on Thursday night. He was giving a speech at the Anti Defamation League's International Leadership summit, when he said that "all this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of internet companies that amount to the greatest propaganda machine in history."

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The incredible communicative power of the Internet has the potential to unite us with the kind of populism that brought us the New Deal—or indeed the Green New Deal—or to divide us with a new era of fascism and hate. If CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page, and Jack Dorsey are unable or unwilling to face the tremendous responsibility this power places on their shoulders, we must either wrench this power from them through any regulatory means at our disposal, or face devastation that may well exceed the ravages of World War II.

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On This Day: Shakira Liberated Everyone's “She Wolf”

"I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting," Shakira said.

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11 years ago, on July 10th, 2009, Colombian singer Shakira released the first single off her third studio album.

"She Wolf" is a synth-pop banger built on a B minor progression. It was, in many ways, an insane song, born out of the singer's own frustration and ennui.

"I was in the studio in a bad mood that day, then I got inspired and went to a corner and I wrote the lyrics and the melody in 10 minutes. The image of the she wolf just came to my head, and when I least expected it I was howling and panting," Shakira said.

Though the music was composed by John Hill and Sam Endicott, lead singer of post-punk band The Bravery, the lyrics were all Shakira's own. "[Shakira] contacted him (Hill), asking if he had any stuff," said Endicott. "We never had her in mind. We just made the thing independently of her, and then she liked it a lot, and she sang over it. She used some of the melodies we put in there and then wrote these crazy lyrics about being a werewolf. And that's how it happened."

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After a year of festival performances and worldwide touring alongside Jazz dignitaries like Kamasi Washington and The Internet, the neo-soul trio Moonchild is finally having their moment.

Voyager was one of the smoothest albums of 2017. It had a slow rise to success, gradually seeping into dinner party playlists and the like, eventually ending up on NPR's shortlist for "5 R&B Albums You Slept On in 2017." The lead single, "Cure," became especially popular and remains the only song able to make a line like "love is a cure for heartache" sound genuine. The single's accompanying video racked up over a million views. "It's definitely exciting," said the band's modest lead singer, Amber Navran. "Three or four years ago we were opening for The Internet, and now we're playing in the same rooms but [as headliners.] It's crazy." The LA-based trio is now gearing up to release Little Ghost, their first release since 2017. Popdust sat down with the group to talk about the recording process, their new tour, and how it feels to be tiptoeing towards widespread fame.

So I remember you mentioned that part of the recording process for Voyager was done at a cabin in Lake Arrowhead. Did you return to the cabin for Little Ghost?

Amber: We did! It was pretty similar. It's just nice for us to all be in the same place when we record so we can bounce ideas off of each other quicker. [The cabin] has been a nice excuse to get away and just focus on the music without life getting in the way.

Tell me about your new single, "Too Much To Ask." It's a pretty calm song and is an interesting choice for a lead single. Why did you choose this song in particular to announce Little Ghost?

Amber: There are a lot of different ideas on the album, and I thought "Too Much to Ask" was a good representation of how we're blending all these different sounds together this time around.

Max: It represents how different this album is gonna be, with the guitar, and the special synths, and it's got a lot of groove to it without being too much in your face, which was really appealing to us.

Andris: We liked the idea of doing something a little more mellow. "Too Much To Ask" really draws you in.

It's really moving. What kind of emotional state were you guys in when you made this song?

Amber: It's about realizing you're in a relationship that isn't being reciprocated. When you start to pick up on the little things that do or don't happen.

Andris: I really like the chords in the song. It skates all around the key of E without giving you that resolving chord, and it has a strong emotional impact because of that.

You guys said that you all became obsessed with Neo-Soul around the same time in college. Now that you're a successful Neo-Soul group, where do you see the genre heading, and what do you bring to the genre as a whole?

Max: It seems like in the genre in general that the lines are fading. There are so many groups with elements of Neo-Soul. I think that's just a product of being in an age with unlimited access to music and information, so people are more all over the map creatively. Overall, though, I think it's a really good thing for the genre, 'cause it sounds really cool mixing soul with folk or anything else. As far as what we offer, we all started out as horn players –

Amber: – and Jazz lovers. We all love Jazz, and with each album, we try to branch out and phase in other music, which is unique.

Talk to me more about how Little Ghost is different than Voyager? Where did the title come from?

Max: Well, we wanted to go with a similar celestial theme. Voyager was based on the space probe we sent out in the '60s. So we were looking up celestial bodies and ended up on a list of nebulas, and Little Ghost stuck out cause it had sort of a human element to it. Nebulas are a collection of stardust from extinct stars, and they're always expanding, so we thought that would be a nice little ode to the album because we are taking all the elements from our previous projects and just expanding on them.

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