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JFK/TV

Friday, November 16, 2001

In the days following September 11th, television united Americans as it has few times before. Sara Fishko takes us back to November 22nd, 1963, the Friday before Thanksgiving, when the medium was feeling its way, for the first time, through a devastating tragedy. Here's another edition of Fishko Files...

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Cultural Glue

Friday, October 26, 2001

Right now, we are all looking for common cultural threads that will help us move forward. As Sara Fishko tells us, we might be inspired by one spirit of a past time...here's the next Fishko Files....

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American Music

Friday, October 12, 2001

In our tense times one thing that can make a difference to people is music. As Sara Fishko tells us, from Kmart to Carnegie Hall, you don't have to look very far to find it. Here's the next Fishko File.

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The Chelsea Hotel

Friday, August 17, 2001

Where do the famous artists, actors, writers, musicians and poets stay when they're in New York? Nearly 120 years old, The Chelsea Hotel has housed and nurtured countless creative individuals, as Sara Fishko reports in this edition of the Fishko Files...

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Digital Creation

Friday, May 25, 2001

Author Joyce Carol Oates has 2 new books out; both were written in longhand, not on a computer. Its been easy for some -- and impossible for others -- to resist the digitization of the creative workplace. Sara Fishko examines the effect of the computer on the eye, hand and ...

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Penn Station

Friday, May 04, 2001

In New York City, buildings come and go...but, as Sara Fishko tells us, there's one lost building still missed, decades later, even as plans to rebuild it are in the works. Here's the next Fishko files...

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West Side Story

Friday, April 27, 2001

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 ...

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The Long And The Short

Friday, November 17, 2000

The cliche that 'everybody is always in a hurry' is true in art, too. In the arts, sometimes its not even what's in the work, but how long it lasts.

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Remembering Bernstein

Friday, October 13, 2000

Leonard Bernstein died 10 years ago. To the music world, and the world in general, he was a great, multi-talented figure. But here in New York, he was our conductor. Five NY philharmonic players have strong memories....

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Sid Caesar's Show of Shows

Friday, October 06, 2000

This week, all eyes are on the premieres of new shows kicking off the fall television season. But in the fall of 1950, Sara Fishko tells us, audiences were introduced to a TV star who's program stayed on top for nearly a decade.

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Strange Fruit

Friday, May 19, 2000

In the late '30's, a short, simple song both horrified and fascinated those who heard it. A new book shows there's still controversy and painful history surrounding the song and its story.

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Lenya

Friday, February 25, 2000

March 2nd is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the composer Kurt Weill. Over the years his music, as Sara Fishko tells us, has lent itself to a variety of interpretations, despite the imprint of one spectacular performer. Here's the next edition of Fishko Files.

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Play-Along

Friday, January 28, 2000

Being a musician, even a good amateur musician, requires hours of practice alone with one's instrument. But many players prefer company, and still rely on a system that's now half-a-century old.

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Cradle Will Rock

Friday, December 10, 1999

New Film Recalls Political Turbulence of 30's New York. In the 1930's, art and politics were connected as never before or since. Now, 6 decades later, as Sara Fishko tells us, a new film has resurrected a great old story from those fervent years in this episode of the Fishko ...

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Women of Tin Pan Alley

Monday, August 23, 1999

Back in the first half of the 20th century, composers and lyricists were well known to people who bought sheet music, and later records, to enjoy at home. And many of those names and tunes have stayed with us today. But as Sara Fishko tells us, some songs of the ...

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Symphonie Fantastique

Friday, July 30, 1999

Great music has always inspired art in other forms; choreographers, filmmakers, novelists, poets and painters have tried to evoke or enhance the musical experience with their work; and so, as WNYC's Sara Fishko discovered, has one puppeteer with a singular vision . . .

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