The Oxford Companion to Jazz was published in paperback in 2005. Then, as now, leafing through the book was –like the music itself—a positively non-linear experience. Here’s Sara Fishko with the next edition of Fishko Files.
Marilyn Monroe would have been 85 in June. Her popularity has never been greater, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Classical music is a field as star-studded as any; but there are still plenty of hidden treasures, buried in anonymity, waiting to be unearthed. In this edition of Fishko Files, Sara Fishko tells a tale of the belated discovery of a major player, Irén Marik.
A Foundry Theater revival of a Depression-era musical opens this week. In its day, the show brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.
The first day of summer is just a few days away. So we figure it is a good time for a re-hearing of a favorite Fishko Files piece, “Summertime.” WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the masterful Gershwin tune, and the many ways its interpreters say “summer.”
As Tony Award-time comes around and the theater celebrates itself, we can turn to a treasure trove of theater history in the photos of the venerable Broadway photographer Leo Friedman. WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at Friedman’s place in Broadway history.
The New York Philharmonic plays "Isle of the Dead" at Lincoln Center next week. The Rachmaninoff piece was inspired by one of the most compelling visual images ever created. WNYC's Sara Fishko has more, in this edition of Fishko Files.
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.