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:


Thursday, November 26, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko looks back on the unforgettable voice and overwhelming conviction of Bella Abzug.


Jazz Photography

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko talks with two late, great jazz photographers about capturing musical giants on film.


The Jazz Loft, a WNYC Studios Original

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sara Fishko makes her film directorial debut with "The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith.”


Hazel Scott as Herself

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.


World's Fair 1939

Thursday, November 05, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko discusses the special promise "The World of Tomorrow" held for Depression-era Americans.


Episode 1: Introduction

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.

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Other Minds

Thursday, June 11, 2015

 Sara Fishko has been exploring a small record label – with only a few releases – that delivers a whole world...

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Films of '59

Thursday, June 04, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to the films of 1959... 


On Hamlet

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...


Ohlsson on Chopin

Thursday, May 21, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko talks with pianist Garrick Ohlsson about his connection with Chopin's music...


Chopin's 'Raindrop' Prelude

Thursday, May 14, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us about the legendary history of Chopin's "Raindrop" Prelude in this edition of Fishko Files...



Thursday, May 07, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko looks at the past and present of film criticism, and its variable impact over a couple of generations.


Artie Shaw

Thursday, April 30, 2015

WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us how bandleader Artie Shaw is worth remembering for more than just his music...


Unison: Synch and Synergy

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, there’s a particular synergy that comes from many people doing the same thing.


Sibelius and Heifetz

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In 1935, Jascha Heifetz made the first recording, ever, of the Sibelius Violin Concerto.


Piels Campaign

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko has a story to tell about Madison Avenue –- and how one ad campaign in the 1950s conquered the Northeast Region


Robin Hood

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes us back to one memorable version of Robin Hood that contains some peculiar twists of history and mystery


Celebrating a Pianist's Birth Centennial

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Friday marks 100 years since the birth of Sviatoslav Richter. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, this Russian pianist masterfully broke the mold. Here is this Fishko Files.


Ken Russell

Thursday, March 12, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko speaks to British film director Ken Russell, who died in 2011, about his movie-run through music history... 


Andy Warhol

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Andy Warhol’s image is rarely out of the public eye.