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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:

The Freakishly Empathetic Photos of Diane Arbus

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Photographer Diane Arbus’ work captured people at the margins of society and put them at the center of her provocative, mysterious, and unsettling portraits.

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Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, July 21, 2016

From the archives: WNYC’s Sara Fishko charts several iterations of Romeo and Juliet, and considers how that classic Shakespeare tragedy inspired a great Russian ballet score.

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Diane Arbus

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Diane Arbus formed a remarkable bond with her photographic subjects.

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How New York Fashion Week Created American Style

Thursday, June 02, 2016

For most of the early 1900s, America took its fashion cues from Paris. But in 1943, Eleanor Lambert changed the game.

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Rostropovich

Thursday, May 05, 2016

From the archives: Reflections on the life and work of the gifted cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, following his death in 2007.

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A Face in the Crowd

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The current political moment offers a chance to rediscover an old film about an American rise and fall. 
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Surveillance

Thursday, April 21, 2016

From the archives: The line between surveillance and entertainment, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, has never been blurrier. 

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A Face in the Crowd

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The current political moment offers a chance to rediscover an old film about an American rise and fall. 

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Composers Who Perform

Thursday, March 31, 2016

From the archives: Ravel, Debussy and Prokofiev are among the composers who made piano-recordings of their own works — and they have Sara Fishko pondering the nature of interpretation.

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The Mystique of the Horn Player

Thursday, March 24, 2016

From the archives: Chet Baker and Miles Davis are both the subjects of new biopics, but the mystique of the horn player has long held a special place in musical mythology.

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Bonnie and Clyde

Thursday, March 17, 2016

From the archives: Released almost half a century ago, "Bonnie and Clyde" made film history by dividing critics, thrilling audiences and opening creative doors.

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Unfinished

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Met Breuer's inaugural exhibition raises questions about the whole idea of finishing artworks — or not. Sara Fishko takes the challenge.

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Remembering World War II

Thursday, March 03, 2016

From the archives: A look at the ways different generations tell the story of World War II.

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War and Peace

Thursday, February 25, 2016

From the archives: A short conversation with a husband-and-wife team who translated a very, very long book — War and Peace.

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The First New York Fashion Week

Thursday, February 11, 2016

From the archives: It's the 73rd year of Fashion Week and WNYC's Sara Fishko has the story of a savvy publicist who founded a commercial institution.  

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Moran on Monk

Thursday, February 04, 2016

From the archives: According to pianist Jason Moran, the legacy of Thelonious Monk's — and his influence on modern music — is alive and well.

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Lives into Art

Thursday, January 28, 2016

From the archives: The Oscars are full of movies based on real people - but how do you condense a whole life into art?

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The Other Juno

Thursday, January 21, 2016

From the archives: The short-lived Broadway musical ‘Juno’ is a flop remembered over fifty years later for its powerful score and still-relevant source material.

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Virtuoso

Thursday, January 14, 2016

From the archives: Being labeled a virtuoso is an unparalleled honor. It also has surprising complications, as WNYC's Sara Fishko explains.

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Cliburn Takes Moscow

Thursday, January 07, 2016

From the archives: Classical musicians aren't often greeted like movie stars, but that's just what happened when Van Cliburn returned from Moscow in 1958.

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