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:

Concert Piece

Friday, September 25, 2020

In this time of empty concert halls and virtual performances, we turn our attention to music with an audience.


Frank Stella

Friday, September 18, 2020

From the archives: Sometimes artists, seeking inspiration, find it in the very thing that challenges and haunts them most. 


Three Critics

Friday, September 11, 2020

From the archives: Why does thoughtful criticism still matter?


Guthrie Archive

Friday, September 04, 2020

From the archives: Woody Guthrie's progressive influence continues today, thanks in no small part to the fastidious collecting of his family.


Hill of Beans, Etc.

Friday, August 28, 2020

In the run-up to the election, we’re all listening to speeches - and many of them are grappling with the very idea of America.


Tracey Sterne

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

"You just had to love and respect her for the life force, the intelligence, the excellence and even the temperament she displayed at every turn."
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The 'Indoor Man' and His Playmates

Friday, August 21, 2020

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


The Personal and the Political

Friday, August 14, 2020

From the archives: The late David Wojnarowicz made art that captured his own decline during the AIDS crisis.


Hazel Scott As Herself

Friday, August 07, 2020

From the archives: A century after her birth, the Trinidadian-born pianist and singer is remembered for her style - but she led a rich and complex life under all the glamour.


The Great de Havilland

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The death of actress and star Olivia de Havilland a few days ago has stirred many memories and considerations. 

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Jon Hendricks

Friday, July 24, 2020

From the archives: From the archives: Vocalese became a phenomenon thanks in part to Hendricks's virtuosic execution.


Harlem Renaissance

Friday, July 17, 2020

A century ago, a cultural movement of Black writers and artists was flourishing in uptown New York.


Jazz Soundtrack

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.


John Levy, Jazz Master

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.


Three Jazz Works

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.

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Capturing Cohn

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The variety of films and dramatic portrayals of Cohn reveal a figure both fascinating and repellent.


Miss Lonelyhearts

Thursday, June 11, 2020

80 years after his death, Nathanael West's desperately dark novel still resonates.

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Strange Fruit

Friday, June 05, 2020

From the archives: Lena Horne and author David Margolick take us through the long, tangled story of a short song.


See For Yourself

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.


Pakula's Paranoia

Friday, May 22, 2020

From the archives: The master of anxiety created movies that still reflect our culture, decades later.

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