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JFK and TV's Trial by Fire

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy played out over 4 days, 50 years ago, on television.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the national tragedy was a trial by fire for a young medium.  Here is this Fishko Files…

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Bernstein's Debut

Thursday, November 14, 2013

On this very day in November of 1943, Leonard Bernstein made a historic debut that played out like a hokey melodrama. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more in this edition of Fishko Files…

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Remembering World War II

Thursday, November 07, 2013

World War II is still alive in popular culture. Its stories are told in each generation in films, documentaries, and books. In this archival episode, Sara Fishko considers our endless fascination with the most documented event in history.

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Lenny's Letters

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Earlier this week, selections from the letters of Leonard Bernstein were released in book form for the first time. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko files, the letters are pure Lenny.

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Segovia

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This Saturday night, assembled former students and protégés of the late, great Andres Segovia will gather for a tribute to the master. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files, Segovia was a major force in the artistic life of the guitar.

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Ned Rorem

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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…

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Moran on Monk

Thursday, October 10, 2013

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.

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War and Peace

Thursday, October 03, 2013

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.

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Lives Into Art

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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. 

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Howard Hawks and Scarface

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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…

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Mario Lanza

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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…

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Cliburn Takes Moscow

Thursday, September 05, 2013

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.

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Jazz Soundtrack

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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.”

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Charles Boyer

Thursday, August 22, 2013

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.

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Lalo Schifrin

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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. 

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Five Four Time

Thursday, August 08, 2013

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."

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Jerome Moross

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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.

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Rainer on Film

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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…

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Bea Wain

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

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Leonard Rosenman

Thursday, July 11, 2013

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.

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