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:

Miklós Rózsa

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.


Courting Fame and Vulnerability: The Shooting of Andy Warhol

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.


Strange Fruit

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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


Remembering Film Editor Anne V. Coates

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Anne V. Coates, film editor, has died at 92.

Andy Warhol in New York

Thursday, May 03, 2018

From the archives: Warhol's daily routine included lengthy walks through Manhattan - which can still be traced step-by-step.


Arnold Schoenberg

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.


Kenneth Fearing

Thursday, April 12, 2018

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

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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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