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, June 13, 2019

From the archives: The New York Philharmonic's Glenn Dicterow navigated his way across a complex musical map.



Thursday, June 06, 2019

To one critic, movies were the ultimate spectator sport.


Liberace's Very Extreme Makeover

Thursday, May 30, 2019

From the archives: Who was Liberace before the sequined suit?


On Hamlet

Thursday, May 23, 2019

From the archives: There are infinite variations on the Bard’s most celebrated play.


Satie's Birthday

Thursday, May 16, 2019

From the archives: Satie's music and thinking were more in tune with our time than with his own.


1959 in the Movies

Thursday, May 09, 2019

What can we learn from a year of movies?



Thursday, May 02, 2019

From the archives: 100 years ago, the music world was introduced to a bizarre new instrument.



Thursday, April 25, 2019

Some female artists are finally getting their due - but their famous and difficult male partners still eclipse their stories.


Horowitz 100

Thursday, April 18, 2019

From the archives: Years ago, two pianists divided fans - and shared the music world's brightest spotlight.


World's Fair 1939

Thursday, April 11, 2019

From the archives: "The World of Tomorrow" held special promise for Depression-era Americans.

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Aretha and Thelonious on Screen

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Three long-unseen documentaries come to light this weekend.


Jerome Moross

Thursday, March 28, 2019

From the archives: An offbeat hit by the composer broke out of its inauspicious surroundings and became a familiar standard for jazz vocalists.


Warhol's Work

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The legendary artist was always in motion.


Robin Hood

Thursday, March 14, 2019

From the archives: Feared by the bad, loved by the good - the story of 1959's Robin Hood.



Thursday, March 07, 2019

From the archives: A little word makes a big impact.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

From the archives: Nobody wants to watch paint dry.


Oscar and Nat

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Two musical giants listened to - and learned from - each other.

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Looking Back to Lincoln

Thursday, February 14, 2019

From the archives: During the Great Depression, Americans found solace in history.


Realism and Rebellion

Thursday, February 07, 2019

For a time in Italy after World War II, reality was the height of drama.



Thursday, January 31, 2019

From the archives: In 1964, Warhol made a masterpiece of metropolitan cinema: an 8-hour continuous shot of the Empire State Building.