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, 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.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
From the archives: All these years later, Warhol is rarely out of the public eye.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Willner used his wide array of influences to create a new form of tribute.
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.
Thursday, July 05, 2018
From the archives: We celebrate the life of the "Pride of New Orleans."
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The director's influential style was much more than just a 'touch.'
Thursday, June 21, 2018
From the archives: Since jazz began, composers have had the impulse to “jazz up” the more traditional symphony orchestra.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
From the archives: The celebrated film composer led a double life.
Thursday, June 07, 2018
From the archives: This cinematic poet was the master of the montage.
Friday, June 01, 2018
Andy Warhol spent years building his celebrity persona and challenging artistic norms. Then he got shot.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
From the archives: Practice makes perfect.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
From the archives: The Russian composer-pianist led a contradictory career.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
From the archives: Lena Horne and author David Margolick take us through the long, tangled story of a short song.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Anne V. Coates, film editor, has died at 92.
Thursday, May 03, 2018
From the archives: Warhol's daily routine included lengthy walks through Manhattan - which can still be traced step-by-step.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
From the archives: The innovative composer sought to make classical music more available to the masses.
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.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
The often-overlooked "proletarian poet" packed pop culture language into his verse.