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Edith Head

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. 

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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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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