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, February 11, 2016
It's the 73rd year of Fashion Week and WNYC's Sara Fishko has the story of a savvy publicist who founded a commercial institution.
Thursday, February 04, 2016
According to pianist Jason Moran, the legacy of Thelonious Monk's — and his influence on modern music — is alive and well.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Oscars are full of movies based on real people - but how do you condense a whole life into art?
Thursday, January 21, 2016
The short-lived Broadway musical ‘Juno’ is a flop remembered over fifty years later for its powerful score and still-relevant source material.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Being labeled a virtuoso is an unparalleled honor. It also has surprising complications, as WNYC's Sara Fishko explains.
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Classical musicians aren't often greeted like movie stars, but that's just what happened when Van Cliburn returned from Moscow in 1958.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Music in movies was mostly "seen and not heard" until jazz styles breathed new life into film soundtracks.
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Seventy years ago actor Charles Boyer's compelling continental style established a lasting film "type". WNYC's Sara Fishko looks back at his unlikely story.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
There's much more to film composer Lalo Schifrin than "the theme from Mission Impossible" - on this week’s Fishko Files.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
What do Radiohead, Tchaikovsky, and the Mission Impossible theme have in common? They all use Five Four Time – and make it sound inevitable.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Leonard Rosenman won Oscars for his adaptations of existing film scores, but it was Rosenman’s originals that are remembered for their arresting modernism.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
WNYC's Sara Fishko looks back on the unforgettable voice and overwhelming conviction of Bella Abzug.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
WNYC's Sara Fishko talks with two late, great jazz photographers about capturing musical giants on film.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Sara Fishko makes her film directorial debut with "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith.”
Thursday, November 12, 2015
WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the life and work of the pianist and singer Hazel Scott in this Fishko Files from 2009.
Thursday, November 05, 2015
WNYC's Sara Fishko discusses the special promise "The World of Tomorrow" held for Depression-era Americans.
Friday, October 30, 2015
While W. Eugene Smith lived in a rundown loft in Manhattan’s Flower District, he recorded audio tape compulsively. More than two decades after his death, those tapes finally resurfaced.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Sara Fishko has been exploring a small record label – with only a few releases – that delivers a whole world...
Thursday, June 04, 2015
WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to the films of 1959...
Thursday, May 28, 2015
In honor of the many faces of summer Shakespeare, WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the infinite variations on the Bard’s most celebrated play...