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:

Jazz Soundtrack

Friday, July 10, 2020

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


John Levy, Jazz Master

Friday, July 03, 2020

From the archives: The jazz musician-turned-manager's work as a musician gave him an insider’s understanding of the music business.


Three Jazz Works

Friday, June 26, 2020

From the archives: Major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music.

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Capturing Cohn

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The variety of films and dramatic portrayals of Cohn reveal a figure both fascinating and repellent.


Miss Lonelyhearts

Thursday, June 11, 2020

80 years after his death, Nathanael West's desperately dark novel still resonates.

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Strange Fruit

Friday, June 05, 2020

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


See For Yourself

Friday, May 29, 2020

From the archives: After the opening of the September 11th Memorial and Museum, record-breaking crowds traveled to the exact spot where the tragedy happened.


Pakula's Paranoia

Friday, May 22, 2020

From the archives: The master of anxiety created movies that still reflect our culture, decades later.

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Agee on Film

Friday, May 15, 2020

From the archives: James Agee always marveled at what could happen on a rectangular screen in the dark.


Escape into the Dark

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Are we losing ourselves in culture, or are we finding ourselves?

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Dave Brubeck

Friday, May 01, 2020

From the archives: Monday 5/4 is Dave Brubeck Day, in honor of his "Take Five."


Chaplin's The Tramp

Friday, April 24, 2020

From the archives: Charlie Chaplin entertained his way through the crises of the 20th century.


Meyerowitz's Lens on New York

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Years ago, photographer Joel Meyerowitz chronicled a New York in severe distress.


Listening with Willner

Friday, April 10, 2020

From the archives: Hal Willner gave an indelible, personal slant to everything he produced.


A Face in the Crowd

Friday, April 03, 2020

From the archives: The politics of the current crisis offer a chance to rediscover an old film about an American rise and fall. 


Marshall McLuhan

Friday, March 27, 2020

From the archives: Professor McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru.


Cultural Glue

Friday, March 20, 2020

From the archives: With the world in crisis, in a scattered, work-from-home mode, we’re also watching from home.


Photo League

Friday, March 13, 2020

From the archives: During a period of turmoil and uncertainty, artists took to the streets to document real life.


Sviatoslav Richter

Friday, March 06, 2020

From the archives: One of the greatest performers of the 20th century would have been 105 this month.


Arthur Laurents

Friday, February 28, 2020

The late creator of the original West Side Story shares stories from the 1957 production.