Fishko Files

Fishko Files

From WNYC Radio

Since 1999, Sara Fishko has been producing personal essays on music, art, culture and media. Fishkos pieces provide an insightful and accessible look into culture by mixing colorful sound, intimate interviews and thoughtful commentary. The comprehensive archive examines everything from obscure figures in film history to the masterpieces of the greatest classical composers.More from Fishko Files »

Most Recent Episodes

The First New York Fashion Week

Fashion Week (which kicks off its 73rd year in 2016) was the brainchild of a smart woman with a feel for clothes — and for publicity. Sara Fishko tells the remarkable story of how a commercial institution was born during the world's darkest hour... (Produced in 2010). WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Moran on Monk

Jazz great Thelonious Monk, who died this week in 1982, was famous for his unorthodox approach - both at the piano and in his personal style. Even now, listening to Monk can be habit-forming, as well as life-changing, according to pianist Jason Moran. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Lives into Art

It's Oscar season and once again an outsize number of nominees are films inspired by real people. In this Fishko Files from 2007, WNYC's Sara Fishko takes a closer look at the complex task of turning lives into art. WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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The Other Juno

Flops happen. The short-lived musical 'Juno' was one notable failed Broadway show. It is a misstep still remembered over fifty years later for its powerful score and still-relevant source material. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Virtuoso

Sara Fishko asks — is a musical "virtuoso" what all instrumentalists long to be? This Fishko Files muses on the complexity that label can deliver to a musician's career. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Cliburn Takes Moscow

American pianist Van Cliburn (1934-2013) will forever be remembered for one phenomenal Cold War moment. Everyone knew the twenty-three year old from Texas was good, but no one expected him to steal the show in Moscow in 1958. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Jazz Soundtrack

You can still hear the jazz influence in film scores, but that wasn't always the case. It all started during one Midcentury moment, when bongos, saxophones and jazz rhythms made film music a lot less "invisible." (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Charles Boyer

On studio lots in the Golden Age of Hollywood, there were through-and-through American stars like James Stewart and Gary Cooper. And then there were the continental types, of which Charles Boyer was a prime example. Boyer – an unlikely star with a lasting legacy – was just French enough for American films. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Lalo Schifrin

Lalo Schifrin is best known for having written a short piece --the "Theme from Mission Impossible." But he also wrote a rather sizeable book about his long and varied musical life. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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Five Four Time

In a world built around four-square march time and three-quarter waltz time, the musical measure containing five full beats is still an unusual one. Dave Brubeck – his ninety fifth birth anniversary is this Sunday – famously made it work in Take Five, but there are plenty of others who used it –before and since. (Produced in 2008) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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