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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:

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...

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Ohlsson on Chopin

Thursday, May 21, 2015

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

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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...

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Critics

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.

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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...

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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.

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Sibelius and Heifetz

Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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... 

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Andy Warhol

Thursday, March 05, 2015

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

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Ida Lupino

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sara Fishko can't stop thinking about a certain Ida Lupino film...in this edition of the Fishko Files

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Symphonies that Swing

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Since jazz began, composers have had the impulse to “jazz up” the more traditional symphony orchestra. Has it been a happy partnership between the two styles? 

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The Defenders

Thursday, February 12, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back more than 50 years at an expertly written television series called The Defenders. 

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Post-War Painters

Thursday, February 05, 2015

In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko hears tales from postwar painters.

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Trouble in Tahiti

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In this Fishko Files WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers Leonard Bernstein’s atypical opera, Trouble in Tahiti. (Produced in 2010)

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Mario Lanza

Thursday, January 22, 2015

As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Italian tenor Mario Lanza’s short career hit notes both very high – and very low. Here is the next Fishko Files…

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Zhivago Translation

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The art of translation has a lot to do with give and take --between two languages, and in this case, two translators.  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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Montgomery Clift

Thursday, January 08, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at Montgomery Clift’s short and complicated life in this edition of Fishko Files… 

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