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:

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

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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Agee on Film

Thursday, April 13, 2017

From the archives: James Agee always marveled at what could happen on a rectangular screen in the dark.

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Bolcom/Warren

Thursday, April 06, 2017

From the archives: Composer William Bolcom pulls his inspiration from diverse origins.

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Recorded Live

Thursday, March 30, 2017

From the archives: Live recordings can offer an authenticity and spontaneity not always captured by tightly edited performances.

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Regina

Thursday, March 23, 2017

From the archives: The darkly ambitious leading lady of Lillian Hellman's classic play returns in a new Broadway revival.

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Three Big Books

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In an era of rapid updates and information overload, it can be a remarkable pleasure to sit down with a heavy book.

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Oppenheimer

Thursday, March 09, 2017

From the archives: The "father of the atomic bomb" both revolutionized nuclear weaponry and recognized the political responsibility that came with it.

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Special Episode: Jazz Loft Jam Sessions

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

When nobody's around, and you're just by yourself, that's when the best jazz happens.

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American Icons: Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The story behind Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts.

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Stanwyck & Co.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

From the archives: Barbara Stanwyck was just one of a generation of Hollywood actresses who worked fiercely to hold onto their eccentricities of style, stance and voice.

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