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Mario Lanza

As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Italian tenor Mario Lanza’s short career hit notes both very high – and very low. Here is the next Fishko Files…

Zhivago Translation

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The art of translation has a lot to do with give and take --between two languages, and in this case, two translators.  Here is the next Fishko Files...
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Montgomery Clift

Thursday, January 08, 2015

WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at Montgomery Clift’s short and complicated life in this edition of Fishko Files… 
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Jazz Masters

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts awards distinguished jazz musicians with the Jazz Master Award. 
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Cab Calloway

Thursday, December 25, 2014

This notable date, December 25th, is also the birthday of the exuberant entertainer Cab Calloway of Hi-De-Ho fame. 
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Edith Head

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Movie legend Edith Head was, for decades, Hollywood’s most visible costume designer-- with nearly 1000 films to her credit as well as more Oscars than any other female. 
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James M. Cain

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A series starting tomorrow at Film Forum will show movies based on the work of four pulp novelists.  One of the four is James M. Cain. Sara Fishko considers Cain's sound and style.
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Man with a Movie Camera

Thursday, November 27, 2014

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. WNYC's Sara Fishko has this archival edition of Fishko Files...

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Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, November 20, 2014

As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, millions of children listened to Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which used the instruments of the orchestra to evoke its characters and action.  But that’s only part of the story…

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Vast Wasteland

Thursday, November 13, 2014

More than 50 years ago 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...

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Frank Stella

Thursday, November 06, 2014

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.  

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Isle of the Dead

Thursday, October 30, 2014

With Halloween looming, WNYC's Sara Fishko relates the story of "Isle of The Dead" --a dark, mysterious 19th century painting that captivated a whole generation.  Here is this Fishko Files.  

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Leo Friedman

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at photographer Leo Friedman’s place in Broadway history.

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Pins and Needles

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.

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Marilyn Monroe

Thursday, October 09, 2014

When this piece was produced in 2011, Marilyn Monroe would have been 85 years old, and her image was everywhere. Her popularity was never greater, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible.  

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Marshall McLuhan

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Professor Marshall McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru. WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes us back to McLuhan’s futuristic thoughts…in this edition of Fishko Files.

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See for Yourself

Thursday, September 25, 2014

After the opening of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, record-breaking crowds traveled to Ground Zero, to the exact spot where the tragedy happened.  In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko asks -why?

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Body and Soul

Thursday, September 18, 2014

75 years ago, a jazz record made history—it was a bold improvisation on the song “Body and Soul.” As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, that song had a way of taking musicians to inspired places.  Here’s this Fishko Files.  

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Photo League

Thursday, September 11, 2014

In New York starting in 1932 The Photo League had a mission to gather and support photographers who took realistic pictures that might someday bring about social change. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the League was not just a convenient place to meet other photographers. The “Photo League” was organized around a way of looking at the world. Here is the next Fishko Files.

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Three Jazz Works

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Some of the major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music. WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at a few cases where the movement and the music came together.  Here’s the next Fishko Files… (produced in January 2012)

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Kitchen Sink Realism

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In 1956 in London, a play called Look Back in Anger, about a marriage between a middle class woman and a working class bloke, is said to have changed British theater forever. (Produced January 2012)

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