Recent Episodes and Articles
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…
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...
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.
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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes a quick look at photographer Leo Friedman’s place in Broadway history.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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)
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)
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).
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).
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.
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)…
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.”