Composer Ned Rorem is being celebrated this fall as his 90th birthday approaches. WNYC’s Sara Fishko marks the occasion in this edition of Fishko Files…
Jazz great Thelonious Monk was born on this day in 1917. WNYC’s Sara Fishko talked to pianist Jason Moran about the powerful presence of Monk, long after his death in 1982–for this edition of Fishko Files.
For this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko sat down with a husband-and-wife team of star-translators to talk (as quickly as possible) about a very, very long book –War and Peace.
The film “I’m Not There” (2007) boldly cast six actors in the part of one person (Bob Dylan). When it was released, Sara Fishko had these thoughts about the interesting and very variable ways life-stories can be told.
A complete retrospective of films directed by Howard Hawks is in progress at the Museum of the Moving Image, and as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” to “Scarface,” Hawks gave it to you straight. Here is the next Fishko Files…
A new CD release and a special evening of films salute Italian tenor Mario Lanza. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Lanza’s short career hit notes both very high – and very low. Here is the next Fishko Files…
This year has seen the death of American pianist Van Cliburn, whose memory is inextricably bound to one phenomenal Cold War moment. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has the story of how Cliburn took Moscow, in this edition of Fishko Files.
The jazz influence can still be heard in film scores. It started during one Midcentury moment, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, when bongos, saxophones and jazz rhythms made film music a lot less “invisible.”
Actor Charles Boyer had a continental flavor that went over big in the U.S. WNYC’s Sara Fishko asks why in this edition of Fishko Files.
There's much more to film composer Lalo Schifrin, says WNYC's Sara Fishko, than "the theme from Mission Impossible." Here are Fishko and Schifrin to prove it, in this edition of Fishko Files.
Dave Brubeck was all about “time,” the more off-kilter, the better he liked it, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko. In his honor, Fishko Files’ “Five Four Time."
Today, the hundredth birth-anniversary of composer Jerome Moross, kicks off a whole year of special programs, performances and appreciations around the country devoted to his life and music. WNYC’s Sara Fishko adds her voice – in this edition of Fishko Files.
A new book features collected reviews by film critic Peter Rainer, movie-mad since childhood and still seeing hundreds of films per year. WNYC’s Sara Fishko sat down with Rainer for this edition of Fishko Files…
75 years ago, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, America’s number one popular song was “My Reverie,” performed by the singer Bea Wain, who is the subject of this edition of Fishko Files.
Film composer Leonard Rosenman died five years ago, at age 83. He won Oscars for his adaptations of existing music for movies such as Barry Lyndon and Bound for Glory, but it was Rosenman’s original scores, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, that are remembered for their arresting modernism. Here is the next Fishko Files.
If you happen to see a parade this Independence Day weekend, you might be spending some time watching large numbers of people, walking in step. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, there’s a particular synergy that comes from many people doing the same thing.
The new “Woody Guthrie Center” in Tulsa, Oklahoma opened this spring. It’s roots, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, were in a family archive run by Woody’s daughter, Nora, who welcomed us in for a journey through Guthrie history. Here is the next Fishko Files.
The 1950's was a time of great tension, both around the world and on the streets of New York. On Broadway, a new musical attempted to capture that tension on stage. WNYC's Sara Fishko reports on how the emotion and politics of the times infected the cast, and the show's creators. Here's the next Fishko files... (produced in 2001)
In this Fishko Files episode, insights into photographing jazz musicians from two late, great jazz photographers, Herman Leonard and Roy DeCarava, both interviewed by WNYC’s Sara Fishko toward the end of their lives.
Next week it will be 60 years since Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and put to death. This piece from WNYC's Sara Fishko first aired 10 years ago as new information and attitudes about the notorious case were emerging.