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:

McCarthy and the "ism"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

From the archives: America's unpredictable political climate calls up a past "ism" that divided the country.

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Nichols and May

Thursday, January 12, 2017

From the archives: Years after their careers diverged, Mike Nichols and Elaine May reunited onstage and rekindled their iconic chemistry.

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Candide

Thursday, January 05, 2017

For Bernstein's Candide, the end of its run was only the beginning.

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Life of the Party

Thursday, December 29, 2016

In this dramatically divided year, New Year's Eve will imitate the movies as it never has before.

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Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, December 22, 2016

From the archives: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf has been recorded and performed countless times - but the millions of children who listened over the years only knew part of the story.

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The Steadicam Story

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Forty years ago, Garrett Brown's groundbreaking invention changed screen entertainment forever.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's White House

Thursday, December 08, 2016

When she moved in, Ms. Kennedy said the White House looked like a hotel furnished from a January clearance sale. So she redecorated, and the results were showcased on national TV.

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Dear President: Word Power

Thursday, December 01, 2016

In conjunction with WNYC's Dear President series, Sara Fishko explores the subtle and not-so-subtle messages and contradictions embedded in the words we use – and the ones we don’t.

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JFK and TV

Thursday, November 24, 2016

From the archives: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was a trial by fire for a young medium.

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John Levy, Jazz Master

Thursday, November 17, 2016

From the archives: Renowned jazz musician-turned-manager John Levy's work as a musician gave him an insider’s understanding of the music business and the needs of his clients.

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Beethoven Sonatas

Thursday, November 10, 2016

From the archives: Beethoven's 32 piano sonatas offer a glimpse into the spirit, and optimism, of one of our greatest composers.

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Wilder

Thursday, November 03, 2016

From the archives: Director Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole was one of the darkest films Hollywood had ever seen.

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Angela Hewitt

Thursday, October 27, 2016

From the archives: Early exposure formed a fruitful connection between this contemporary pianist and a powerful composer.

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'Work' in the Movies

Thursday, October 20, 2016

From the archives: WNYC's Sara Fishko examines the way our working lives are portrayed on film.

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Battling Over Brahms

Thursday, October 13, 2016

From the archives: A now-famous classical concert turned into a musical battleground – with very instructive results.

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Reds

Thursday, October 06, 2016

From the archives: Warren Beatty captured the stories of early 20th century activists and combined them with star-studded drama.

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Sara Davis Buechner Comes Home

Thursday, September 29, 2016

After years teaching in another country, a seasoned pianist comes home.

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The Jazz Legends Next Door

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jammed night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft. Sara Fishko's new documentary chronicles those years.

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Jazzmen Keepnews & Monk: Good Together

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The late Orrin Keepnews had a special connection with a variety of jazz musicians - especially Thelonious Monk.

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Family of Man

Thursday, September 15, 2016

From the archives: Edward Steichen took on the whole human race in his 1955 show at the Museum of Modern Art.

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