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:

Thirteen Body and Souls

Thursday, January 17, 2019

From the archives: An 80-year-old improvisation of a song has a way of taking musicians to inspired places.

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Five Four Time

Thursday, January 10, 2019

From the archives: What do Radiohead, Tchaikovsky, and the Mission Impossible theme have in common? They all use 5/4 time — and make it sound inevitable.

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Thursday, January 03, 2019

From the archives: There’s a particular synergy that comes from many people doing the same thing.

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The Jazz Loft Radio Series, Episode 1: Introduction

Thursday, December 27, 2018

From the archives: While W. Eugene Smith lived in a rundown loft in Manhattan, he recorded audio tape compulsively. More than two decades after his death, those tapes finally resurfaced.


Bach Chaconne

Thursday, December 20, 2018

From the archives: Bach's take on the popular, hypnotic musical structure made history.



Thursday, December 13, 2018

From the archives: As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the multiple-Oscar-winning Chayefsky fought to the death for every fierce and furious word he wrote.


Robert Frank

Thursday, December 06, 2018

From the archives: "The Americans," 60 years later.


Artie Shaw

Thursday, November 29, 2018

From the archives: Bandleader Artie Shaw is worth remembering for more than just his music.


Bernstein's Debut

Thursday, November 22, 2018

From the archives: 75 years ago, a brilliant young American conductor stepped onto the podium and made history.


Jazz Pictures

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A new book tells the story of an iconic image, frame by frame.


Ida Lupino

Thursday, November 08, 2018

From the archives: One of the most prolific directors of the 1950s was also an actor, a writer, a producer...and a woman.


Movie Remakes

Thursday, November 01, 2018

From the archives: When is a film ready for a do-over?

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Pakula's Paranoia

Friday, October 26, 2018

The master of anxiety created movies that still reflect our culture, decades later.


Scott Joplin

Thursday, October 18, 2018

From the archives: Joplin brought ragtime into the light.


Moran on Monk

Thursday, October 11, 2018

From the archives: According to pianist Jason Moran, the legacy of Thelonious Monk — and his influence on modern music — is alive and well.


Weinstein's Defender, Renting in the Suburbs, Fishko Takes on Hefner

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Andrew Rice on David Boise. Lisa Prevost on whether to rent or buy in the suburbs. Sara Fishko on the latest episode of The United States of Anxiety. 


Preview: The Indoor Man (The United States of Anxiety)

Thursday, October 04, 2018

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


Episode 4: The 'Indoor Man' and His Playmates

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

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

Jean Vigo

Thursday, September 27, 2018

From the archives: The adventurous French director was far ahead of his time.


Disney Hall

Thursday, September 20, 2018

From the archives: 15 years ago, the urban sprawl of LA got a new, long-awaited cultural center.