Recent Episodes and Articles
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.”
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.