Sara Fishko

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.




Shows and Blogs:

Sara Fishko appears in the following:

Scott Joplin

Thursday, October 18, 2018

From the archives: Joplin brought ragtime into the light.


Moran on Monk

Thursday, October 11, 2018

From the archives: According to pianist Jason Moran, the legacy of Thelonious Monk — and his influence on modern music — is alive and well.


Weinstein's Defender, Renting in the Suburbs, Fishko Takes on Hefner

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Andrew Rice on David Boise. Lisa Prevost on whether to rent or buy in the suburbs. Sara Fishko on the latest episode of The United States of Anxiety. 


Preview: The Indoor Man (The United States of Anxiety)

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Playboy wasn’t just about the pictures. Hugh Hefner’s magazine helped create the notion that women were there for the taking.


Episode 4: The 'Indoor Man' and His Playmates

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Playboy wasn’t just about the pictures. Hugh Hefner’s magazine helped create the notion that women were there for the taking.

Jean Vigo

Thursday, September 27, 2018

From the archives: The adventurous French director was far ahead of his time.


Disney Hall

Thursday, September 20, 2018

From the archives: 15 years ago, the urban sprawl of LA got a new, long-awaited cultural center.


Hoagy Carmichael

Thursday, September 13, 2018

From the archives: The singer/songwriter/actor occupied an unusual place in music and movie history.



Thursday, September 06, 2018

From the archives: The iconic sex symbol's popularity continues to reign.


The Personal and the Political

Thursday, August 30, 2018

There's only one month left to see this major David Wojnarowicz show at the Whitney.


Battling Over Brahms

Thursday, August 23, 2018

From the archives: A now-famous classical concert turned into a musical battleground – with very instructive results.


Remembering Bernstein

Thursday, August 16, 2018

From the archives: To the world in general, Leonard Bernstein was a great, multi-talented figure. But to New Yorkers, he was the conductor of our hometown orchestra.



Thursday, August 09, 2018

From the archives: The Gershwin tune still captures every kind of summer.


Andy Warhol

Thursday, August 02, 2018

From the archives: All these years later, Warhol is rarely out of the public eye.


Listening with Willner

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Willner used his wide array of influences to create a new form of tribute.


James M. Cain

Thursday, July 19, 2018

From the archives: Cain's books provided 1940s Hollywood with plenty of material for its dark dramas.



Thursday, July 12, 2018

From the archives: Andres Segovia carved out a place for the guitar in the concert hall.


Henry Butler

Thursday, July 05, 2018

From the archives: We celebrate the life of the "Pride of New Orleans."


A Touch of Lubitsch

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The director's influential style was much more than just a 'touch.'

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Symphonies That Swing

Thursday, June 21, 2018

From the archives: Since jazz began, composers have had the impulse to “jazz up” the more traditional symphony orchestra.