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:
Thursday, July 24, 2014
In this Fishko Files, Ms. Fishko considers the honorific "Ms.," its checkered history and final entry into common usage.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko recalls one inflammatory film of 1972, starring Marlon Brando, that was proclaimed a game-changer for movies. Was it? Here is the next Fishko Files...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Oscar-winning actress says writing her memoir, I Said Yes to Everything, helped her make peace with losing the prime years of her career to the paranoia of the McCarthy era.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
With a midsummer tap dance show now at the Joyce Theater, WNYC’s Sara Fishko turns to Tap, old and new. Here is this Fishko Files…
Friday, June 27, 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.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This Fishko Files was produced in honor of the Woody Guthrie Centenary (Guthrie was born in 1912). His daughter Nora -- then the head of the family archive -- spent some time sharing some archival rarities with WNYC's Sara Fishko.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
At the end of June, violinist Glenn Dicterow will end his long run as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Dicterow has navigated his way across a complex musical map.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Fifty years ago this summer, Warhol made a masterpiece of metropolitan cinema: an 8-hour continuous shot of the Empire State Building.
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Fifteen years ago, a contentious battle erupted over the presentation of a special Academy Award to director Elia Kazan –who had named the names of some his colleagues during the Blacklist years. Just before that Oscar night, 1999, WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to writer Walter Bernstein, a victim of the Blacklist, to hear his side of the story.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
From the Fishko Files Archive: As the year 2000 approached, WNYC’s Sara Fishko listened to a new outpouring of recordings and
films of some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century –and found much to re-discover.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
The music world has always had a special appeal to filmmakers, who've used musical fact and fiction to great advantage in countless movies; but, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, it's a particular image of the musician that they've created...
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Some very small things, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, warrant a longer look. In this edition of Fishko Files, an extreme close-up of a piece of music that everyone seems to know…
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Music Minus One became an institution after WWII in a different America. In this Fishko files WNYC’s Sara Fishko explored MMO’s product ---music minus the solo instrument (“your cello here…”)—during its half-century celebration.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
As the current production of the Brecht-Kurt Weill “Threepenny Opera” continues at the Atlantic Theater Company, we offer this Fishko Files on Lotte Lenya (Weill’s wife and muse) and the many ways to sing Weill’s music.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hoagy Carmichael occupied a particular place in music and movie history. WNYC's Sara Fishko and guests considered his legacy in this Fishko Files from 2002. Note: both Mary Cleere Haran (1953-2011) and Richard Sudhalter (1938-2008) have died since the piece was produced.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Seventy five years ago, the “The World of Tomorrow,” held a special promise for Depression-era America.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
We’ve learned that music critic and pianist Harris Goldsmith died earlier this month in a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
More than 90 years ago, the music world was changed by a remarkable musical instrument that still seems new. WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us about an electronic marvel that has its own sound, and its own bizarre story. Here's the next Fishko Files...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
In this edition of Fishko Files, a story about music, politics and the U.S.A.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
A three day mini-film festival, “The Music of Morricone,” begins tonight at BAM. The superstar film-composer Ennio Morricone is noted for mixing all kinds of sounds into his scores.