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, January 29, 2015
In this Fishko Files WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers Leonard Bernstein’s atypical opera, Trouble in Tahiti. (Produced in 2010)
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…
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...
Thursday, January 08, 2015
WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at Montgomery Clift’s short and complicated life in this edition of Fishko Files…
Thursday, December 25, 2014
This notable date, December 25th, is also the birthday of the exuberant entertainer Cab Calloway of Hi-De-Ho fame.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thursday, November 13, 2014
More than 50 years ago Newton Minow described television as a "vast wasteland," and the rest is history.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Sometimes artists, seeking inspiration, find it in the very thing that challenges and haunts them most.
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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at photographer Leo Friedman’s place in Broadway history.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Marilyn Monroe's popularity remains thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible.
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Professor Marshall McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru.
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?
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.
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.