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Binge This Week: Haim’s new album, podcasts ‘Throughline’ and ‘Gastropod’ and more

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  • Television: The Umbrella Academy

    You don’t have to like My Chemical Romance to enjoy the Netflix series adapted from comic books written by that band’s frontman, Gerard Way. Season 2 arrives on July 31, so now’s the right time to meet the gang of gifted kids-turned-reluctant-heroes—Number One, Number Three, Number Five, Number Seven … (OK, some of them have actual names, too)—or to rewatch it and brush up on the holdover plotline. Hint: It involves saving the world from impending doom, which sounds about right just now. Netflix. –Spencer Patterson

  • Podcast: Throughline

    That well-worn aphorism, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it,” has never been more true than it is today. And while we don’t yet have the distance to see what lessons we can learn from recent events, we do have reference points we can revisit, and that’s exactly what Throughline does. The NPR podcast reexamines historical moments, like the 1918 pandemic, and connects the dots to today’s headlines. A recent episode, “There’s Something About Mary,” recalls one Mary Mallon, who inadvertently spread typhoid fever in 1906. Quarantine, asymptomatic transmission, contact tracing—these terms were used back then, too. Let history guide your actions in today’s pandemic, because we’ve been here before. Apple Podcast, Spotify. –Genevie Durano

  • Podcast: Gastropod

    If we are what we eat, then Gastropod gives us a chance to navel gaze. The in-depth podcast explores the history, culture and science of food. Award-winning radio producer Cynthia Graber and New Yorker contributor Nicola Twilley host, with topics ranging from victory gardens to bushmeat to the origins of licorice. Listing it among the top culinary podcasts, The New York Times describes the show as “combining deep research and lighthearted delivery.” The result is both superbly fun and highly educational. Think of Gastropod like a really great cocktail party for one. gastropod.com. –C. Moon Reed

  • Music: Haim's Women in Music Pt. III

    A hodgepodge of influences—Joni Mitchell-style Laurel Canyon folk, ’90s alterna-pop a la Sheryl Crow and early-2000s R&B hooks, to name a few—blend to turn Haim’s third studio album into a crisp, airy spin. Expect lyrics focused on the members’ individual struggles, along with a heavy dose of millennial nostalgia, especially on “Now I’m in It,” which seems to pay homage to Savage Garden’s “I Want You.” –Leslie Ventura

  • Television: I think you should leave with Tim Robinson

    Tim Robinson did a two-year tour of duty on Saturday Night Live, primarily as a writer but also as a featured performer. That could be what makes the sketch comedy show he created with fellow SNL alum Zach Kanin so damn funny; Robinson excels not only at writing his characters into uncomfortable corners but at defly improvising his way out of them. Sketches can be hit-and-miss, but when they hit—like “Baby of the Year,” “Chunky” and “Gift Receipt” do—they absolutely slay. Season 1 on Netflix. –Geoff Carter

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