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:

Toscanini

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Arturo Toscanini had a meticulous and fervent style of conducting that pushed his players to match his rhythmic sharpness.

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The Chopin Paradox

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Frédéric Chopin borrowed from the music he loved and turned it into something completely original.

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Bonnie and Clyde

Thursday, August 03, 2017

From the archives: Fifty years ago this summer, "Bonnie and Clyde" made history. It divided critics, thrilled audiences, and opened creative doors.

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On Broadway

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Broadway musicals have often been a perfect mixture of song, dance – and seriously controversial politics.

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Sid Caesar

Thursday, July 20, 2017

From the archives: In the fall of 1950, audiences were introduced to a TV star whose program stayed on top for nearly a decade.

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Segovia

Thursday, July 13, 2017

From the archives: Andres Segovia carved out a place for the guitar in the concert hall.

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Tap

Thursday, July 06, 2017

From the archives: For a dance so heavily steeped in tradition, tap lets dancers make it their own.

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The Sound of America

Friday, June 30, 2017

Composer Aaron Copland and the search for an American national identity.

The House I Live In

Thursday, June 29, 2017

From the archives: When Frank Sinatra covered a song, it was propelled into the mainstream - but not necessarily with its original message intact.

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Penn Station

Thursday, June 22, 2017

From the archives: In the 1960s, the original Penn Station was demolished - and with it, a piece of New York history.

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Jazz Masters

Thursday, June 15, 2017

From the archives: A legendary panel of NEA Jazz Masters reflects on how jazz has - and hasn't - changed.

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Ida Lupino

Thursday, June 08, 2017

From the archives: One of the most prolific directors of the 1950s was also an actor, a writer, a producer - and a woman.

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Scat

Thursday, June 01, 2017

From the archives: The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, turns 100 this spring.

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New York Shakespeare

Thursday, May 25, 2017

From the archives: In the 1950s, Joe Papp insisted that theatre was an essential experience for all - and fought tooth and nail to make it a reality.

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Episode 4: Music, McCarthy, and the Sound of Americana

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The "common man" era in the 1930s and '40s needed a truly American music. Aaron Copland created it in one America and 20 years later found himself in quite another United States.

American Music

Thursday, May 18, 2017

From the archives: Music is vital - especially for those in crisis.

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Looking Back to Lincoln

Thursday, May 11, 2017

During the Great Depression, Americans found solace in history.

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Bea Wain

Thursday, May 04, 2017

From the archives: This week, the "girl singer" turns 100.

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Indian Summer

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Victor Herbert's only modern song took on a life if its own that he couldn't have predicted.

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Angels on Stage

Thursday, April 20, 2017

From the archives: A new production of Tony Kushner's award-winning play comes to London this summer.

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