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Binge This Week: NPR’s ‘Code Switch’ podcast,’ Netflix’s ‘Nadiya’s Time to Eat’ Disney’s ‘Artemis Fowl’ and more

Nadiya Hussain of Netflix’s Nadiya’s Time to Eat
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  • Television: Artemis Fowl

    Had COVID-19 not shut down movie theaters in March, Disney’s Artemis Fowl—an adaptation of the first novel of Eoin Colfer’s popular young adult book series, directed by Murder on the Orient Express’ Kenneth Branagh—would have been released to theaters this August. Instead, this $125 million epic story of a young criminal mastermind taking on a fantastical otherworld bows exclusively on Disney+ June 12. Ferdia Shaw, Nonso Anozie, Colin Farrell, Josh Gad and Judi Dench star. Disney+. –Geoff Carter

  • Podcast: Code Switch

    In the wake of protests and uprisings across the nation, you might find yourself asking how you can learn more about anti-racism efforts, or where you can educate yourself on how race plays a part in society. NPR’s Code Switch podcast, hosted by journalists of color, brazenly explores these topics. From “A Decade of Watching Black People Die,” to “How Much Do We Need the Police?” each episode embarks on a necessary conversation in which we should have already been engaged. npr.org/sections/codeswitch. –Leslie Ventura

  • Comedy: Hannah Gadsby: Douglas

    When her first Netflix stand-up special, Nanette, dropped in 2018, Hannah Gadsby sent shock waves across the comedy world. It not only pushed the genre out of its comfort zone, it obliterated its boundaries altogether. Never have homophobia, misogyny and violence against women, seen through the lens of Gadsby’s personal trauma, been so starkly examined. Critics questioned its place in comedy; fans applauded its blistering honesty. Now, the Australian comic is back with Douglas, which feels slightly less heavy but no less brilliant. Do yourself a favor and watch them both. Netflix. –Genevie Durano

  • Television: Nadiya's Time to Eat

    Do you love to eat but fear to cook because it’s too intimidating and too time-consuming? Nadiya’s Time to Eat is your entryway to the kitchen. Superbly friendly chef, author and The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain offers harried home cooks weeknight solutions. She makes seemingly scary dishes—banana tarte tatin, meatloaf Wellington, jackfruit curry—easy enough for everyone. Bonus: Episodes include fun field trips to food producers. Netflix. –C. Moon Reed

  • Music: Pharoah Sanders

    The giants of jazz are mostly gone, but one significant titan remains among us—79-year-old saxophonist Pharoah Sanders. From his days in John Coltrane’s late-period groups (hear: Meditations and Ascension, both recorded in 1965) to his own vibrant solo career (try: 1969’s Karma and 1971’s Black Unity), Sanders helped steer the music into a sublime, dreamlike realm with both his compositions and his tenor style.

    Recently released concert document Live in Paris (1975) showcases that approach nicely over six tracks ranging from traditional (“I Want to Talk About You”) to spiritual and ruminative (“The Creator Has a Master Plan”) to celebratory (“Love Is Everywhere”). It’s a welcome reminder of the man’s legacy and continued impact. –Spencer Patterson

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