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, May 16, 2013
Think: grand piano, candelabra and sequined suit. As a new Liberace film premieres, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reminds us of his beginnings in this episode of Fishko Files…
Thursday, May 09, 2013
This Saturday, a special concert celebrates the late Mstislav Rostropovich. Music Director Rostropovich made his reputation in America and the world as a cellist, and WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to cello-players for this edition of Fishko Files…
Thursday, May 02, 2013
WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the life and work of the pianist and singer Hazel Scott in this Fishko Files from 2009.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to the films of 1959. From romantic comedies to sword-and-sandal spectacles, the films of that year spoke volumes about what was happening off screen (produced in 2009).
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tomorrow in New York, another of the off-beat films of Shirley Clarke sees the light of day. WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the trail-blazing filmmaker, in this Fishko Files report.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
April has been officially named "Jazz Appreciation Month." So in this edition, we offer Sara Fishko's exploration of "The Oxford Companion to Jazz" (from 2005).
Friday, April 05, 2013
On Sunday, the critically acclaimed AMC series Mad Men launches its sixth season. On Mad Men we see admen scrambling to match their ads to a new era - the 1960's. But in 1955, one real adman saw the future of advertising and it was funny. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story of the pioneers of the "soft sell."
Thursday, April 04, 2013
As the new Mad Men season begins, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to some “soft sell” advertising of the 1950s. Here is a new! Improved! Fishko Files…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A new film has WNYC's Sara Fishko thinking about so-called "movie-going." Here's a Fishko Files report.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
In jazz, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, one thing leads to another. For vocalist Jon Hendricks, who will perform in our area next week, it was some great instrumental jazz solos that led him to make an unforgettable leap into song. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
A Clifford Odets play is coming to New York more than 60 years after its first run on Broadway. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has this Fishko Files report…
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has had a life-long connection with Chopin’s music. Ohlsson talks Chopin with WNYC’s Sara Fishko, in this edition of Fishko Files…
Thursday, February 28, 2013
WNYC’s Sara Fishko has been listening to some new, old recordings--which have just been unearthed. She has this Fishko Files report.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
I’m rooting for one of my favorite films of last year, “Moonrise Kingdom,” to get the best screenplay Oscar.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Motion Picture Academy has recently created an official “Costume Designer’s Branch” of the organization, for the first time. That seems a good reason to hear more about legendary Costume Designer Edith Head, whom WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us is still the most Oscar-nominated, Academy Award-winning woman in Oscar history.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Classical concerts have their own rhythm and their own rituals. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, one of them is the encore.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sara Fishko spoke to Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator at the Montclair Art Museum, about a curiosity called The Cubies - a satirical primer on Cubism, published in 1913, that makes light of the then-shocking style of art.
Thursday, February 07, 2013
New York Fashion Week begins today, as designers and retailers look ahead to the coming season. But, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Fashion Week has a past, too.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the multiple-Oscar-winning Chayefsky fought to the death for every fierce and furious word he wrote.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko looks at the past and present of film criticism, and its variable impact over a couple of generations. To hear some current film critics, visit the 92nd Street Y tonight for the “Pre-Oscar Film Critics Roundtable,” featuring film critics discussing their craft on stage.