Sometimes artists, seeking inspiration, find it in the very thing that challenges and haunts them most. WNYC’s Sara Fishko talked with visual artist Frank Stella, about some very productive pain. Here's the next Fishko Files.
The 20th century was populated by some spectacular Russian classical musicians. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has a quick look at a set of CDs you can live with for a hundred days, at least.
It’s been more than half a century since a wave of crime dramas burst on American movie screens, providing filmgoers and film-makers with a whole new vocabulary of dark shadows and saucy dialogue. WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the form in this episode of Fishko Files.
WNYC’s Sara Fishko is looking for immediacy and spontaneity anywhere she can find it. She reflects here on some recordings by a few spectacular pianists.
May 9th marks 50 years since a now-famous speech rocked the broadcast world. Newton Minow described television as a “vast wasteland,” and the rest is history. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story in this edition of Fishko Files...
May 2nd marks 75 years since the first performance of Prokofiev’s children’s piece, Peter and the Wolf. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the millions of children listening over the decades knew only part of the story. Here is the next Fishko Files.
This Sunday, a revival of the classic comedy “Born Yesterday” opens on Broadway. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, its author, Garson Kanin, was responsible for a generous slice of American culture. Here is the next Fishko Files...
In this episode from the summer of 2007, WNYC’s Sara Fishko and guests celebrate the voices and mannerisms of a remarkable collection of stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Many Russian films of the silent and early sound era have been classics of film history. But the films of Dziga Vertov have dropped in and out of public awareness. An upcoming film festival promises to change all that. Listen above to hear Sara Fishko's quick look...
A thriving downtown photography cooperative is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition of photos by some of its founding members. The group’s deep roots are still reflected in its pictures and its practices. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more...
In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reflects on the mystique of cool jazz trumpeter/singer Chet Baker, and the facts and fantasies that have lifted jazz horn players to a special place in cultural mythology.
Premiering this weekend is a new TV adaptation of “Mildred Pierce,” one of James M. Cain’s Depression-era, tough-guy novels. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, those books provided 1940s Hollywood with plenty of material for its dark dramas. Here is the next Fishko Files...
There's always another new recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. As Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, the piece seems to bring out the "personality" in a multitude of players.
As we follow the saga of a certain wild-partying entertainer, WNYC’s Sara Fishko considers the case of Anton Arensky. The somewhat disreputable Russian composer wrote music, lived hard – and died young. Here is the next Fishko Files.
This week pianist Van Cliburn was one of ten artists to receive the National Medal of Arts from President Obama. Here is an episode of Fishko Files originally produced to mark the 50th anniversary of Cliburn’s historic victory in Moscow during the Cold War.
I love the Oscars telecast, always have. But my love, I now realize, is a leftover from another era. I think this year killed it off, once and for all. NO more love.
With Hollywood’s big night coming up this Sunday, a question: Who has the most Academy Award nominations and Statues of any woman in history? It’s Edith Head, once Costume Designer to the stars. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more, in this edition of Fishko Files...
WNYC’s Sara Fishko with “Fishko Files”: Today it’s seven minutes on art that is long, and art that is short.
You have roughly 84 hours and some number of minutes left to see “The Clock,” Christian Marclay’s astonishing creation, now at the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea, through Saturday. Admission is free. It has been mobbed, so you may have to wait a while to get in and/or find a seat.
The Grammy Awards are this weekend. One of the many nominees is pianist Keith Jarrett, up for his improvised solo on the song “Body and Soul.” It has WNYC’s Sara Fishko thinking about that song’s long history of musical inspiration...in this edition of Fishko Files.