Sunday, February 24, 2013
I’m rooting for one of my favorite films of last year, “Moonrise Kingdom,” to get the best screenplay Oscar. Amazingly, that is its only nomination, despite its many outstanding attributes (a gorgeous score among them). What a shame that a deft, charming, thoroughly original, totally absorbing film is not going to be more celebrated at the big party Sunday night.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The Motion Picture Academy has recently created an official “Costume Designer’s Branch” of the organization, for the first time. That seems a good reason to hear more about legendary Costume Designer Edith Head, whom WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us is still the most Oscar-nominated, Academy Award-winning woman in Oscar history. Here is this Fishko Files...
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Classical concerts have their own rhythm and their own rituals. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, one of them is the encore.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
An abstract painting got WNYC’s Sara Fishko thinking as she visited the Montclair Art Museum...
Thursday, February 07, 2013
New York Fashion Week begins today, as designers and retailers look ahead to the coming season. But, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, Fashion Week has a past, too. Here’s the next Fishko Files…
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky would have been 90 this week. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the multiple-Oscar-winning Chayefsky fought to the death for every fierce and furious word he wrote. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko looks at the past and present of film criticism, and its variable impact over a couple of generations. To hear some current film critics, visit the 92nd Street Y tonight for the “Pre-Oscar Film Critics Roundtable,” featuring film critics discussing their craft on stage.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Some of the major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at a few cases where the movement and the music came together. Here’s the next Fishko Files…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A new novel by Robert Seidman has me thinking about Edward Muybridge, the Apioneering 19th century photographer obsessed with capturing movement on film
Thursday, January 10, 2013
In 1935, Jascha Heifetz made the first recording, ever, of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko reflects on the power of the recording –and the music.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
In the late 1940s Ida Lupino, the British born, actress-director, was a “hyphenate” before the term was even invented. WNYC’S Sara Fishko looks at the work of this Hollywood dynamo in this edition of Fishko Files…
Friday, December 28, 2012
Ethan Iverson and his band The Bad Plus re-interpreted Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring nearly 100 years after its premiere. We talked to Iverson about the piece for our special program "Culture Shock 1913," and our conversation turned into its own podcast!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Since jazz began, composers have had the impulse to “jazz up” the more traditional symphony orchestra. Has it been a happy partnership between the two styles? Here is the next Fishko Files…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
With network television shows in their mid-season breaks, WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks back to a New Frontier-era television series that dared to confront topics that no other series would touch at that time. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” will be presented several times this weekend in New York. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, there’s drama in the background of this ever-popular children’s classic. Here is the next Fishko Files…
Sunday, December 09, 2012
"An Hour with Dave Brubeck" is another in Sara Fishko's series of conversations with musical figures. The interview for the program was taped in Brubeck's studio in Connecticut, in 2004. In the program, Brubeck discusses his childhood, musical influences (from jazz pianist Art Tatum to classical composer Darius Milhaud) and development. Music featured includes a very early recording of Brubeck "imitating" Tatum, Teddy Wilson and other pianists he admired; as well as some of the iconic live and studio recordings from his later days.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
What a year was 1913! In an exhibition in a New York Armory, Cubism and abstraction were revealed to the American public for the first time. In Vienna, audience members at a concert of atonal music by Schoenberg and others broke out into a near-riot. And in Paris, Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s new ballet The Rite of Spring burst on stage with famously inflammatory results.
Culture Shock 1913 tells the stories behind these and other ground-breaking events that year, and goes back to consider the years leading up to this mad, Modernist moment. WNYC’s Sara Fishko speaks with thinkers, authors, musicians, art curators and historians about this unsettling, shocking era of sweeping change –and the not-so-subtle ways in which it mirrors our own uncertain age.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
CULTURE SHOCK 1913, our radio special on the landmark year 1913, starts airing December 6th, with other dates to follow. Our related four-part podcast series continues today with its third installment: "The Ascent of Poetry." 1913 marked a moment when a new type of verse emerged and set off a poetry fad in the United States.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
From fistfights in bars…to inspiration in cold water flats…the post WWII art scene in New York is legendary. In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko hears tales from postwar painters who were in downtown Manhattan just as Abstract Expressionism was taking hold. (Produced in 2010)