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Kitchen Sink Realism

A play called Look Back in Anger is said to have changed British theater forever. 

Jacqueline Kennedy's White House Makeover

Thursday, August 21, 2014

In the simpler days of television, all three networks aired a tour of the White House led by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, a stunning number of Americans tuned in and took notice. Here is the next Fishko Files. (Produced in February 2012).

 

 

 

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Alex North

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Composer Alex North was best known for his sharp and observant film scores, including the iconic music for "Streetcar Named Desire"  --but his music always spoke for itself.  In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko provides details on the work of one of Hollywood's most modest citizens (March 2012).  

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Steve Post

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As the radio world mourns his loss, a remembrance, in this edition of Fishko Files, of the irreplaceable Steve Post --our friend and colleague going back 40 years.

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Let There Be Light

Thursday, July 31, 2014

As World War Two was ending in the mid 1940s, John Huston began to make a film for the US Army on veterans who’d been psychologically damaged in battle. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the film “Let There Be Light” was filled with gripping footage of ailing veterans.  But the film never saw the light of day until thirty-five years later.  Here is this Fishko Files (first aired in April 2012)…

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Ms.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In this Fishko Files, Ms. Fishko considers the honorific "Ms.," its checkered history and final entry into common usage.  

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Last Tango

Thursday, July 17, 2014

In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko recalls one inflammatory  film of 1972, starring Marlon Brando, that was proclaimed a game-changer for movies.  Was it?  Here is the next Fishko Files...

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Lee Grant's 12 Years on the Hollywood Blacklist: 'Rage is a Good Word'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A new book by the actress and director Lee Grant is out this week. It recounts her life story in detail, but as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, this is not your average “movie-star memoir.”

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Tap

Thursday, July 03, 2014

With a midsummer tap dance show now at the Joyce Theater, WNYC’s Sara Fishko turns to Tap, old and new.  Here is this Fishko Files…

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Guthrie Archive

Thursday, June 26, 2014

This Fishko Files was produced in honor of the Woody Guthrie Centenary (Guthrie was born in 1912). His daughter Nora -- then the head of the family archive -- spent some time sharing some archival rarities with WNYC's Sara Fishko.

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Concertmaster

Thursday, June 19, 2014

At the end of June, violinist Glenn Dicterow will end his long run as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Dicterow has navigated his way across a complex musical map...

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Andy Warhol's Never-Ending "Empire"

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fifty years ago this summer, Andy Warhol's very long film -- featuring a great metropolitan icon -- was filmed in midtown Manhattan. WNYC's Sara Fishko has more in this Fishko Files...

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Oscar Night and the Blacklist

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Fifteen years ago, a contentious battle erupted over the presentation of a special Academy Award to director Elia Kazan –who had named the names of some his colleagues during the Blacklist years.  Just before that Oscar night, 1999, WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to writer Walter Bernstein, a victim of the Blacklist, to hear his side of the story.    

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Pianists of the Past

Thursday, May 29, 2014

From the Fishko Files Archive: As the year 2000 approached, WNYC’s Sara Fishko listened to a new outpouring of recordings and
films of some of the greatest pianists of the 20th century –and found much to re-discover.  

 

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Musicians in Movies

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The music world has always had a special appeal to filmmakers, who've used musical fact and fiction to great advantage in countless movies; but, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, it's a particular image of the musician that they've created...

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Remembering Chopin

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In 1999, there were numerous celebrations of the composer Frederic Chopin, who had died 150 years earlier in 1849.  WNYC's Sara Fishko took the moment to ponder, in this archival edition of Fishko Files, the question of what Chopin actually did for music.

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Bumblebee

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Some very small things, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, warrant a longer look. In this edition of Fishko Files, an extreme close-up of a piece of music that everyone seems to know…

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Play-Along

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Music Minus One became an institution after WWII in a different America.  In this Fishko files WNYC’s Sara Fishko explored MMO’s product ---music minus the solo instrument (“your cello here…”)—during its half-century celebration.  

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Lenya

Thursday, April 24, 2014

As the current production of the Brecht-Kurt Weill “Threepenny Opera” continues at the Atlantic Theater Company, we offer this Fishko Files on Lotte Lenya (Weill’s wife and muse) and the many ways to sing Weill’s music.  

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Hoagy Carmichael

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hoagy Carmichael occupied a particular place in music and movie history.  WNYC's Sara Fishko and guests considered his legacy in this Fishko Files from 2002.  Note: both Mary Cleere Haran (1953-2011) and Richard Sudhalter (1938-2008) have died since the piece was produced.

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World's Fair 1939

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It was right around this time seventy five years ago –as spring was finally kicking in—that workers were putting the finishing touches on the 1939 World’s Fair in Queens.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, its theme, “The World of Tomorrow,” held special promise for Depression-era Americans…

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