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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:

Peter and the Wolf

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

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Vast Wasteland

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 50 years ago Newton Minow described television as a "vast wasteland," and the rest is history.

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Frank Stella

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Sometimes artists, seeking inspiration, find it in the very thing that challenges and haunts them most. 

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Isle of the Dead

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.

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Leo Friedman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at photographer Leo Friedman’s place in Broadway history.

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The Medium is the Message at 50

Friday, October 17, 2014

Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. 

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Pins and Needles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.

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Marilyn Monroe

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Marilyn Monroe's popularity remains thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible.  

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Marshall McLuhan

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Professor Marshall McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru.

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See for Yourself

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?

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Body and Soul

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.

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Photo League

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.

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Three Jazz Works

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Some of the major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement coincided with a most active period for jazz music.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's White House Makeover

Thursday, August 21, 2014

When she moved in, Ms. Kennedy said the White House looked like a hotel furnished from a January clearance sale. So she redecorated, and the results were showcased on national TV.

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Alex North

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Composer Alex North was best known for his sharp and observant film scores, including the iconic music for "Streetcar Named Desire"  --but his music always spoke for itself.  In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko provides details on the work of one of Hollywood's most modest citizens (March 2012).  

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Steve Post

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As the radio world mourns his loss, a remembrance, in this edition of Fishko Files, of the irreplaceable Steve Post --our friend and colleague going back 40 years.

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Longtime WNYC Radio Personality Steve Post Dies

Monday, August 04, 2014

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Born in the Bronx, Post became the voice of WNYC’s long-running program "Morning Music" where he worked for more than two decades.

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Let There Be Light

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As World War Two was ending in the mid 1940s, John Huston began to make a film for the US Army on veterans who’d been psychologically damaged in battle. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the film “Let There Be Light” was filled with gripping footage of ailing veterans.  But the film never saw the light of day until thirty-five years later.  Here is this Fishko Files (first aired in April 2012)…

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Ms.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In this Fishko Files, Ms. Fishko considers the honorific "Ms.," its checkered history and final entry into common usage.  

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Last Tango

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko recalls one inflammatory  film of 1972, starring Marlon Brando, that was proclaimed a game-changer for movies.  Was it?  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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