Sara Fishko is an Executive Producer and Host at WNYC, specializing in culture.
Her long-running series Fishko Files has become a staple of WNYC’s cultural programming, tackling a broad range of subjects, from a portrait of media guru Marshall McLuhan, to a meditation on the Symbolist painting “Isle of the Dead,” to a consideration of the future of film criticism. The pieces run on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Studio 360 and On The Media.
Fishko produced and hosted the ten-part Jazz Loft Project Radio Series, derived from a treasure trove of archival tapes recorded by photographer W. Eugene Smith in his dilapidated Manhattan home in a loft building in the 1950s and 60s. The series, which ran on WNYC and NPR, later became four special programs known as The Jazz Loft Anthology.
She has also made compelling hour-long programs featuring interviews with and performances by Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck, Ned Rorem and others. Her special program Culture Shock 1913 is a spirited telling of the history and development of Modernist art and culture in the early years of the 20th century.
Sara Fishko has won multiple awards from RTNDA (Edward R. Murrow Award), The Deadline Club, The Newswomen’s Club of New York (Front Page Award), The Associated Press and The New York Press Club. She received a Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP for the Jazz Loft series, and was selected as a USC/Annenberg Arts Journalism Fellow in 2003 and 2011.
Her blog Fishko Now and Then is about culture now and culture then, and it appears…now and then.
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Sara Fishko appears in the following:
Friday, July 10, 2020
From the archives: Music in movies was mostly "seen but not heard" until jazz styles breathed new life into film soundtracks.
Friday, July 03, 2020
From the archives: The jazz musician-turned-manager's work as a musician gave him an insider’s understanding of the music business.
Friday, June 26, 2020
From the archives: Major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The variety of films and dramatic portrayals of Cohn reveal a figure both fascinating and repellent.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
80 years after his death, Nathanael West's desperately dark novel still resonates.
Friday, June 05, 2020
From the archives: Lena Horne and author David Margolick take us through the long, tangled story of a short song.
Friday, May 29, 2020
From the archives: After the opening of the September 11th Memorial and Museum, record-breaking crowds traveled to the exact spot where the tragedy happened.
Friday, May 22, 2020
From the archives: The master of anxiety created movies that still reflect our culture, decades later.
Friday, May 15, 2020
From the archives: James Agee always marveled at what could happen on a rectangular screen in the dark.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Are we losing ourselves in culture, or are we finding ourselves?
Friday, May 01, 2020
From the archives: Monday 5/4 is Dave Brubeck Day, in honor of his "Take Five."
Friday, April 24, 2020
From the archives: Charlie Chaplin entertained his way through the crises of the 20th century.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Years ago, photographer Joel Meyerowitz chronicled a New York in severe distress.
Friday, April 10, 2020
From the archives: Hal Willner gave an indelible, personal slant to everything he produced.
Friday, April 03, 2020
From the archives: The politics of the current crisis offer a chance to rediscover an old film about an American rise and fall.
Friday, March 27, 2020
From the archives: Professor McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru.
Friday, March 20, 2020
From the archives: With the world in crisis, in a scattered, work-from-home mode, we’re also watching from home.
Friday, March 13, 2020
From the archives: During a period of turmoil and uncertainty, artists took to the streets to document real life.
Friday, March 06, 2020
From the archives: One of the greatest performers of the 20th century would have been 105 this month.
Friday, February 28, 2020
The late creator of the original West Side Story shares stories from the 1957 production.