Sara Fishko

Sara Fishko appears in the following:

Diaries & Journals

Saturday, March 22, 2003

A look at why collectors are attracted to the intimate written thoughts of strangers. Produced by Sara Fishko.


1 Maple, 4 Instruments

Saturday, March 08, 2003

The harmonies of a string quartet come from the score and the players of course, but also from the instruments themselves. Sara Fishko talked to the Miro Quartet, whose members are experimenting with the sounds that can be created from one old maple tree.


What Exactly is Improvisation?

Saturday, March 01, 2003

In the world of the jazz standard, improvisation is a very specific thing: it's a way of embellishing or even re-inventing a melody, using the structure of a song as a basis. Sara Fishko tried to get jazz improvisers to tell her about how they do it and she ...


Movie Mistakes

Saturday, January 04, 2003

A look at how we watch movies closely, and how even their tiniest storytelling flaws resonate on the set and off. Produced by Sara Fishko.


Schoenberg and the Classical Revolution

Saturday, December 21, 2002

The beginning of the 20th century was an era of revolution, and that’s true too of classical music. Twentieth-century composition went through a gigantic harmonic shift, and Arnold Schoenberg was at the heart of it.



Saturday, December 14, 2002

Many of us think the first great revolution of the 20th century came in October 1917 in Russia. But before Russia, there was Mexico. And with the Mexican revolution came an unparalleled period of artistic excitement and productivity. Sara Fishko has the story of a Mexican composer who was ...


Now Playing: Glenn Gould

Saturday, September 28, 2002

The Canadian pianist Glenn Gould was born 70 years ago this week. He died shortly after his 50th birthday. It was Gould's staggering performances of Bach's music that brought him — and Bach, for that matter — to broad popular attention. Sara Fishko asked pianists who play Bach today to comment ...


Memory and Music

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Classical music can give us the grandeur and gravity we crave. And the words can bring it down to earth, closer to the specifics of what we're trying to recall. Sara Fishko looks at memory, music, and the art of capturing a profound moment in time. 



Saturday, July 27, 2002

Electronic-instrument inventor Leon Theremin turns out to be a Russian spy. 


Movie Mistakes

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Sara Fishko looks at how we watch movies closely, and how even their tiniest storytelling flaws resonate on the set and off.


Now Playing: The House I Live In

Saturday, June 29, 2002

A new CD set contains everything Frank Sinatra recorded in Hollywood from 1940 to 1964. One patriotic song in particular rose improbably to become a hit just after World War 2 — and its meaning changed in the process.


Cinematic Knockouts

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Filmmakers have explored the drama and brutality of boxing since the beginning of film history. Writers Victor Navasky and Jack Newfield talk about boxing at the movies. 


Editing Glenn Gould

Saturday, April 20, 2002

In the classical recording world, performance is thought of as a fluid, spontaneous art. But in post-production, thousands of tiny, inaudible edits shape the music to perfection. Should a listener care?


Now Playing: Kurt Weill

Saturday, April 13, 2002

Two years after the centenary of German composer Kurt Weill, tributes are continuing, including a large exhibition and performance series now at the New York Public Library. Weill's music will always bear the imprint of one spectacular performer, his wife and muse Lotte Lenya.


Mirroring Evil

Saturday, April 06, 2002

WNYC's Sara Fishko looks at the controversial show Mirroring Evil at New York’s Jewish Museum. The exhibition features contemporary artwork about the Nazis and the Holocaust. 


Analog or Digital?

Saturday, March 23, 2002

WNYC's Sara Fishko spotlights a writer, a film editor, and a graphic designer who admit their ambivalent relationships to technology.

(Originally aired: June 9, 2001)



Saturday, February 23, 2002

Orchestrators of musical theater are an imaginative and meticulous bunch, handling what a Broadway composer often does not. They create the mood of the arrangements and the way instruments play under and around and beyond the singers‘ lines.



Friday, February 22, 2002

This spring, a new crop of musicals will be presented on Broadway, and some old ones will be revived. Toiling behind the scenes, Sara Fishko tells us, are the orchestrators. Here is the next Fishko Files...



Saturday, February 02, 2002

Accompanists are unsung collaborators who do a lot more than just prop up the soloists — though that isn’t always apparent to the audience.

(Originally aired: September 1, 2001)



Saturday, January 19, 2002

Movies about artists constitute a whole genre. Artists are supposed to be wild, reckless geniuses and passionate lovers. And famous artists each have a moment when they "got discovered" — always good for plots. But Sara Fishko finds all these biopics suffer a similar affliction.