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:

Bernstein, Made for TV

Thursday, January 18, 2018

In the early, intrepid days of live TV, Leonard Bernstein brought classical music to the masses.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the archives: Sometimes, very small things warrant a longer look.


Jon Hendricks

Thursday, January 04, 2018

From the archives: Vocalese became a phenomenon thanks in part to Hendricks's virtuosic execution.


Tucker and Bangs

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Some visionaries have a lasting impact on art, even if they don't make the art themselves.


When a Lie Was Just a Plot Device

Friday, December 22, 2017

Before fakery and fabrication were routine, they were entertaining.

Unlikely Stories

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Before fakery and fabrication were routine, they were entertaining.

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The Battles of Prime Time

Thursday, December 14, 2017

From the archives: At one point, it was possible to be both political and popular.


Chopin's 'Raindrop' Prelude

Thursday, December 07, 2017

From the archives: A cold, wet winter in Mallorca - and, rumor has it, the persistent, steady rainfall - inspired this popular favorite.

Two By William Wyler

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This director of great classic films made a point of letting story dictate style.

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Lalo Schifrin

Thursday, November 23, 2017

From the archives: The Argentinian pianist-composer's European influences helped him create a distinct American sound.


Lee Grant

Thursday, November 16, 2017

From the archives: Writing a memoir helped Grant make peace with losing the prime years of her career to the paranoia of the McCarthy era.



Thursday, November 09, 2017

From the archives: The voice that could "burn the fat off a cab driver's neck" still echoes today.


Stuff Smith

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Nobody could swing harder than Stuff Smith.


Covering The JFK Assassination

Friday, October 27, 2017

The day that President John F. Kennedy died, television, and America’s relationship to it -- changed forever.

Jascha Heifetz

Thursday, October 26, 2017

From the archives: 100 years after his American debut, the virtuosic violinist remains a controversial personality.


Ned Rorem's French Connection

Thursday, October 19, 2017

From the archives: To understand French music, you have to understand the French aesthetic.


Monk at Town Hall

Thursday, October 12, 2017

From the archives: In 1959, there was a stir in the Jazz Loft when Thelonious Monk showed up to rehearse.


West Side Story

Thursday, October 05, 2017

From the archives: In 1957,  a new musical attempted to capture the era's social and political tension onstage.


Two Pianists and a Painter

Thursday, September 28, 2017

For artists, innovation can often be mistaken for eccentricity.


Avakian/Mack the Knife

Thursday, September 21, 2017

From the archives: How does a song go from an unknown tune to a mega-hit?