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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Thursday, July 24, 2014
In this Fishko Files, Ms. Fishko considers the honorific "Ms.," its checkered history and final entry into common usage.
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...
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.”
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…
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
Thursday, April 03, 2014
We’ve learned that music critic and pianist Harris Goldsmith died earlier this month in a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
More than 90 years ago, the music world was changed by a remarkable musical instrument that still seems new. WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us about an electronic marvel that has its own sound, and its own bizarre story. Here's the next Fishko Files...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
In this edition of Fishko Files, a story about music, politics and the U.S.A.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
A three day mini-film festival, “The Music of Morricone,” begins tonight at BAM. The superstar film-composer Ennio Morricone is noted for mixing all kinds of sounds into his scores, including whistling--- which, As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, has its own, colorful history. Here is this Fishko Files.