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.




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Sara Fishko appears in the following:


Thursday, March 23, 2017

From the archives: The darkly ambitious leading lady of Lillian Hellman's classic play returns in a new Broadway revival.


Three Big Books

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In an era of rapid updates and information overload, it can be a remarkable pleasure to sit down with a heavy book.



Thursday, March 09, 2017

From the archives: The "father of the atomic bomb" both revolutionized nuclear weaponry and recognized the political responsibility that came with it.


Special Episode: Jazz Loft Jam Sessions

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

When nobody's around, and you're just by yourself, that's when the best jazz happens.


Stanwyck & Co.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

From the archives: Barbara Stanwyck was just one of a generation of Hollywood actresses who worked fiercely to hold onto their eccentricities of style, stance and voice.


American Icons: Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The story behind Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts.

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Oscar Time

Thursday, February 23, 2017

From the archives: In the movies, art and commercial success have been at odds for as long as there have been award shows.


Common Man

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In a deeply divided America, Aaron Copland drew from a political movement to create one of the most famous musical works of the century.

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The Steadicam Story

Thursday, February 16, 2017

How Garrett Brown invented the Steadicam and changed the face of movies.


Stanley's Hotel

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stanley Bard, the former owner and manager of the Chelsea Hotel, died on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 82.
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

From the archives: What does the Moonlight Sonata have to do with Elmer Fudd?

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Glass in Paris

Monday, January 30, 2017

Glass's training and study outside the states was central to his music.


Photo League Founder's Solo Show

Friday, January 27, 2017

Before the anti-Communist crusade effectively ended his career, Sid Grossman took photos that captured the life and energy of New York City in the 1930s.
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McCarthy and the "ism"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

From the archives: America's unpredictable political climate calls up a past "ism" that divided the country.


Nichols and May

Thursday, January 12, 2017

From the archives: Years after their careers diverged, Mike Nichols and Elaine May reunited onstage and rekindled their iconic chemistry.



Thursday, January 05, 2017

From the archives: For Bernstein's Candide, the end of its run was only the beginning.


Life of the Party

Thursday, December 29, 2016

In this dramatically divided year, New Year's Eve will imitate the movies as it never has before.

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Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, December 22, 2016

From the archives: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf has been recorded and performed countless times - but the millions of children who listened over the years only knew part of the story.


The Steadicam Story

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Forty years ago, Garrett Brown's groundbreaking invention changed screen entertainment forever.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's White House

Thursday, December 08, 2016

When she moved in, Ms. Kennedy said the White House looked like a hotel furnished from a January clearance sale. So she redecorated, and the results were showcased on national TV.