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Sara Fishko

Sara Fishko is an Executive Producer and Host at WNYC, specializing in culture.

Her long-running series Fishko Files has become a staple of WNYC’s cultural programming, tackling a broad range of subjects, from a portrait of media guru Marshall McLuhan, to a meditation on the Symbolist painting  “Isle of the Dead,” to a consideration of the future of film criticism.  The pieces run on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Studio 360 and On The Media.

Fishko produced and hosted the ten-part Jazz Loft Project Radio Series, derived from a treasure trove of archival tapes recorded by  photographer W. Eugene Smith in his dilapidated Manhattan home in a loft building in the 1950s and 60s. The series, which ran on WNYC and NPR, later became four special programs known as The Jazz Loft Anthology.  

She has also made compelling hour-long programs featuring interviews with and performances by Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck, Ned Rorem and others. Her special program Culture Shock 1913 is a spirited telling of the history and development of Modernist art and culture in the early years of the 20th century.

Sara Fishko has won multiple awards from RTNDA (Edward R. Murrow Award), The Deadline Club, The Newswomen’s Club of New York (Front Page Award), The Associated Press and The New York Press Club. She received a Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for the Jazz Loft series, and was selected as a USC/Annenberg Arts Journalism Fellow in 2003 and 2011.

Her blog Fishko Now and Then is about culture now and culture then, and it appears…now and then.

 

 

 

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Sara Fishko appears in the following:

Trouble in Tahiti

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In this Fishko Files WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers Leonard Bernstein’s atypical opera, Trouble in Tahiti. (Produced in 2010)

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Mario Lanza

Thursday, January 22, 2015

As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Italian tenor Mario Lanza’s short career hit notes both very high – and very low. Here is the next Fishko Files…

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Zhivago Translation

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The art of translation has a lot to do with give and take --between two languages, and in this case, two translators.  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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Montgomery Clift

Thursday, January 08, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at Montgomery Clift’s short and complicated life in this edition of Fishko Files… 

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Cab Calloway

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This notable date, December 25th, is also the birthday of the exuberant entertainer Cab Calloway of Hi-De-Ho fame. 

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American Icons: The Tramp

Thursday, December 25, 2014

With just a pair of baggy pants, a derby hat, mustache, floppy shoes, and his own physical genius, Charlie Chaplin created silent film's most memorable character — the Tramp.

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Edith Head

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Movie legend Edith Head was, for decades, Hollywood’s most visible costume designer-- with nearly 1000 films to her credit as well as more Oscars than any other female. 

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James M. Cain

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A series starting tomorrow at Film Forum will show movies based on the work of four pulp novelists.  One of the four is James M. Cain. Sara Fishko considers Cain's sound and style.

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Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Millions of children listened to Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which used the instruments of the orchestra to evoke its characters and action

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Vast Wasteland

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 50 years ago Newton Minow described television as a "vast wasteland," and the rest is history.

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Frank Stella

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Sometimes artists, seeking inspiration, find it in the very thing that challenges and haunts them most. 

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Isle of the Dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sara Fishko relates the story of "Isle of The Dead" --a dark, mysterious 19th century painting that captivated a whole generation.

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Leo Friedman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at photographer Leo Friedman’s place in Broadway history.

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The Medium is the Message at 50

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. 

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Pins and Needles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.

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Marilyn Monroe

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Marilyn Monroe's popularity remains thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible.  

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Marshall McLuhan

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Professor Marshall McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru.

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See for Yourself

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Record-breaking crowds travel to Ground Zero, to the exact spot where the tragedy happened.  In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko asks -why?

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Body and Soul

Thursday, September 18, 2014

75 years ago, a jazz record made history—it was a bold improvisation on the song “Body and Soul.” That song had a way of taking musicians to inspired places.

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Photo League

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In New York starting in 1932 The Photo League had a mission to gather and support photographers who took realistic pictures that might someday bring about social change.

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