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 20, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
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).
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.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Born in the Bronx, Post became the voice of WNYC’s long-running program "Morning Music" where he worked for more than two decades.
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)…
Thursday, July 24, 2014
In this Fishko Files, Ms. Fishko considers the honorific "Ms.," its checkered history and final entry into common usage.
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...