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:

Glass in Paris

Thursday, August 15, 2019

From the archives: Glass's training and study outside the states was central to his music.


Shrinks on Screen

Thursday, August 08, 2019

From the archives: In movies, psychoanalysts often have ultimate power - for better or worse.


Indian Summer

Thursday, August 01, 2019

From the archives: Victor Herbert's only modern song took on a life of its own in a way he couldn't have predicted.


Three Big Books

Thursday, July 25, 2019

From the archives: In an era of rapid updates and information overload, it can be a remarkable pleasure to sit down with a heavy book.



Thursday, July 18, 2019

From the archives: The Gershwin tune still captures every kind of summer.

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Actors Play for Real

Thursday, July 11, 2019

From the archives: How does one person evoke the spirit of another?



Thursday, July 04, 2019

From the archives: What's inside that big symphonic sound?


The Sound of America

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Composer Aaron Copland and the search for an American national identity.

Chaplin's The Tramp

Thursday, June 27, 2019

From the archives: It’s 105 years since Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp first appeared on the silver screen and created a sensation. And it all started almost by accident.


Marshall McLuhan

Thursday, June 20, 2019

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



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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