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.
Critic Harris Goldsmith has known classical music from both sides –as gifted performer and insightful listener. His unusual musical life is the subject of this Fishko Files.
It's a Barbara Stanwyck moment, with a new book just out and a retrospective of her films beginning tomorrow. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Stanwyck was part of a generation of women who really knew how to deliver a line.
This fall photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber has been celebrating 25 years since the original release of his popular film “Let’s Get Lost.” That film, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, is one of many efforts to capture the “mystique” of horn players –both real and imagined (first aired in 2007).
In television's younger days, going live was extremely difficult, costly and rare. But 50 years ago, a monumental tragedy made live coverage essential, no matter the cost, whenever a president left the White House. WNYC’s Sara Fishko recollects those dreadful days in November when everyone was paralyzed in front of the small screen.
The aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy played out over 4 days, 50 years ago, on television. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the national tragedy was a proving ground for the young medium.
On this very day in November of 1943, Leonard Bernstein made a historic debut that played out like a hokey melodrama. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more in this edition of Fishko Files…
World War II is still alive in popular culture. Its stories are told in each generation in films, documentaries, and books. In this archival episode, Sara Fishko considers our endless fascination with the most documented event in history.
Earlier this week, selections from the letters of Leonard Bernstein were released in book form for the first time. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko files, the letters are pure Lenny.
This Saturday night, assembled former students and protégés of the late, great Andres Segovia will gather for a tribute to the master. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files, Segovia was a major force in the artistic life of the guitar.
Composer Ned Rorem is being celebrated this fall as his 90th birthday approaches. WNYC’s Sara Fishko marks the occasion in this edition of Fishko Files…
Jazz great Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. WNYC’s Sara Fishko talked to pianist Jason Moran about the powerful presence of Monk, long after his death in 1982–for this edition of Fishko Files.
For this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko sat down with a husband-and-wife team of star-translators to talk (as quickly as possible) about a very, very long book –War and Peace.
The film “I’m Not There” (2007) boldly cast six actors in the part of one person (Bob Dylan). When it was released, Sara Fishko had these thoughts about the interesting and very variable ways life-stories can be told.
A complete retrospective of films directed by Howard Hawks is in progress at the Museum of the Moving Image, and as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” to “Scarface,” Hawks gave it to you straight. Here is the next Fishko Files…
A new CD release and a special evening of films salute Italian tenor Mario Lanza. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Lanza’s short career hit notes both very high – and very low.
This year has seen the death of American pianist Van Cliburn, whose memory is inextricably bound to one phenomenal Cold War moment. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has the story of how Cliburn took Moscow, in this edition of Fishko Files.
The jazz influence can still be heard in film scores. It started during one Midcentury moment, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, when bongos, saxophones and jazz rhythms made film music a lot less “invisible.”
Actor Charles Boyer had a continental flavor that went over big in the U.S. WNYC’s Sara Fishko asks why in this edition of Fishko Files.
There's much more to film composer Lalo Schifrin, says WNYC's Sara Fishko, than "the theme from Mission Impossible." Here are Fishko and Schifrin to prove it, in this edition of Fishko Files.
Dave Brubeck was all about “time,” the more off-kilter, the better he liked it, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko. In his honor, Fishko Files’ “Five Four Time."