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, April 19, 2018

From the archives: Some music is meticulously composed, every note written in advance. Some is made up on the spot. And then there is music that's a combination of the two.


Kenneth Fearing

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The often-overlooked "proletarian poet" packed pop culture language into his verse.


Cliburn Takes Moscow

Thursday, April 05, 2018

From the archives: Classical musicians aren't often greeted like movie stars, but that's just what happened when Van Cliburn returned from Moscow in 1958.


Jazz Soundtrack

Thursday, March 29, 2018

From the archives: Music in movies was mostly "seen but not heard" until jazz styles breathed new life into film soundtracks.


Tell Me About It

Thursday, March 22, 2018

When a story is complicated and contradictory, it can take more than one person to tell it.


Alex North

Thursday, March 15, 2018

From the archives: North was known for his sharp and observant film scores - and his modesty.


Leonard Rosenman

Thursday, March 08, 2018

From the archives: Rosenman brought modern concert music into the movies.


Award Winners

Thursday, March 01, 2018

From the archives: It's an honor just to be nominated. But what if you win?


Two Grands

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What happens when two soloists decide to share the stage?



Thursday, February 15, 2018

From the archives: A portrait says as much about the artist as it does about its subject.


John Corigliano at 80

Thursday, February 08, 2018

The acclaimed composer grew up around music - and surrounded himself with even more.

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1938 Fight

Thursday, February 01, 2018

From the archives: 80 years ago in a divided America, two men battled in the ring for an audience of millions.


Movie Movies

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From the archives: With Oscar nominations out this week, we look back at films about the industry itself.


Bernstein, Made for TV

Thursday, January 18, 2018

In the early, intrepid days of live TV, Leonard Bernstein brought classical music to the masses.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the archives: Sometimes, very small things warrant a longer look.


Jon Hendricks

Thursday, January 04, 2018

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


Tucker and Bangs

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Some visionaries have a lasting impact on art, even if they don't make the art themselves.


When a Lie Was Just a Plot Device

Friday, December 22, 2017

Before fakery and fabrication were routine, they were entertaining.

Unlikely Stories

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Before fakery and fabrication were routine, they were entertaining.

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The Battles of Prime Time

Thursday, December 14, 2017

From the archives: At one point, it was possible to be both political and popular.