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Jacqueline Kennedy's White House

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fifty years ago, 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.

Camelot - performed by The Hollywood Studio Orchestra

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Sara Fishko on Benjamin Britten's War Requiem

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In the early 1960s, I was in summer residence at an “arts camp” called Indian Hill. I was already quite a serious pianist by then, and during those sparkling, sun-dappled days in Stockbridge Massachusetts, I stayed indoors. Day after beautiful day, I pulled down the shades in the piano practice room -- and practiced.  

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Sale of Marilyn Monroe's Iconic 'Subway' Dress Breaks Records

Friday, July 01, 2011

This past June, the sale of Marilyn Monroe's iconic ivory pleated crepe "Subway Dress," which she wore in "The Seven Year Itch," sold for $5.52 million to an unnamed buyer.

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Marilyn Monroe Turns from Young Starlet to Film Icon on Brooklyn's Silver Screen

Friday, July 01, 2011

July is a good month for film fans partial to a platinum coif and a breathy voice. Marilyn Monroe will spend two weeks on the silver screen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a 14-film retrospective brimming with blond perkiness right down to its name: Marilyn! The festival runs from July 1 through 17.

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Fishko File Extra: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s Breakthrough

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It’s the bicentennial year of composer Frederic Chopin, who was born 200 years ago in March of 1810.  This year marks a related anniversary for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who won the gold medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland back in 1970.

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1 Tree, 4 Axes

Saturday, August 06, 2005

The harmonies of a string quartet come from the score and the players of course, but also from the instruments themselves. Sara Fishko talked to the Miro Quartet, whose members are experimenting with the sounds that can be created from one old maple tree.

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Chocolate, Iron, Socks

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Kurt Andersen and Paola Antonelli look at how materials shape the way artists and designers work.

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Irén Marik

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Back in the 1970s, on a routine visit to a record store in New York City, Allan Evans bought an LP recorded by a Hungarian pianist whose name meant nothing to him. But the moment he heard the music, he felt like he'd discovered a "musical Tutankhamen." Sara Fishko tells ...

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Pigment, Technicolor, Marik

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Kurt Andersen and the designer Todd Oldham talk about intense power of color in art, design, and music.

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Angels in America

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Tony Kushner's Angels in America was a sprawling, epic 2-part play that burst onto the Broadway stage in 1993. Kushner, along with his director George C. Wolfe and a stellar cast, crafted a monumental response to the 1980's. The play created a world populated by ghosts, angels, ...

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How Art Works: Dancing Feet

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Back in the day, there was one thing every entertainer had to know how to do: tap dance. Sara Fishko explains how a generation of dancers learned how to speak with their feet.

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Knit, Whittle, Tap

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Kurt Andersen and furniture maker Mira Nakashima explore why all sorts of people — from visual artists, to musicians, to hipster knitters — choose to make things by hand. We’ll discover why oboe players must moonlight as woodworkers and find out how an American capitalist assimilated the ideals of a ...

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How Art Works: Bach Chaconne

Saturday, February 26, 2005

If there’s one piece in the cannon of classical music that would win an award for Most Transcribed, Most Beloved and Most Mysterious, Bach’s Chaconne would be a shoo-in. Sara Fishko explains how so many musicians have spun so much music out of this one piece.

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How Art Works: Scatting

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Beeee-de-be-de-be-pode-e-ba-da-bah. No one’s sure exactly how scatting — the art of singing improvised gibberish — began. But as Sarah Fishko reports, this purely American musical device took on a life of its own as each of the great jazz vocalists took a shot at singing free-for-all.

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100 Musicians, 1 Philharmonic

Saturday, October 23, 2004

It is a cliché to say that an orchestra is an example of the “whole being greater than the sum of its parts.” And it would be only a cliché, if it weren’t so true. Each of 100 or so instruments plays a part that may sound obscure or just ...

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100 musicians, 1 Philharmonic

Saturday, May 29, 2004

It is a cliché to say that an orchestra is an example of the “whole being greater than the sum of its parts.” And it would be only a cliché, if it weren’t so true. Each of 100 or so instruments plays a part that may sound obscure or just ...

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Now Playing: Candide

Saturday, May 01, 2004

In 1956 Leonard Bernstein and Lillian Hellman staged a musical out of Voltaire’s Candide — the satiric French novel from 1759 that made a laughingstock of optimism. The Bernstein/Hellman musical was one of the most esteemed failures in American theatre. Over the years, Candide has been revived many times. The ...

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