Fishko Files

Fishko Files

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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 »

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Three Critics

Recently some venerable cultural critics have been collecting their thoughts into books. WNYC's Sara Fishko opens them all in this edition of Fishko Files. WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Books: A.O. Scott Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think about Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth Penguin Press Ben Ratliff Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty Farrar, Straus and Giroux David Denby Lit Up: One Reporter, Three Schools, Twenty-Four Books That Can Change Lives Henry Holt and Co.

Surveillance

In June of 1947, the debut of a new radio show — using a hidden microphone — blurred the line between surveillance and entertainment. As Sara Fishko tells us in this archival edition of Fishko Files, the line is blurrier than ever. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Schulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

A Face in the Crowd

Right now in our current political season, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, it's a new moment to rediscover an old film about an American rise and fall. Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd" is screening at the IFC Centre this weekend, April 15-17. Screening details here. WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Assistant Producer: Elizabeth Kulas

Stanwyck & Co.

Barbara Stanwyck was just one of a generation of Hollywood actresses — as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us — who worked fiercely to hold onto their eccentricities of style, stance and voice. More in this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Composers Who Perform

Ravel, Debussy and Prokofiev are among the composers who made piano-recordings of their own works — and they have WNYC's Sara Fishko pondering the nature of interpretation in this edition of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

The Mystique of the Horn Player

"Born to Be Blue," a new film starring Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker, opens in theaters tomorrow. A week later comes "Miles Ahead," with Don Cheadle directing and starring as Miles Davis. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko explores how the cool mystique of the jazz trumpeter has long fascinated fans and filmmakers, including Bruce Weber, who documented Baker's life in his 1988 film, "Let's Get Lost." (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Bonnie and Clyde

It's almost half a century since "Bonnie and Clyde" was first released. The film opened during the so called "Summer of Love," amidst rioting in New Jersey and new initiatives in the Vietnam War. As Sara Fishko tells us, it made film history by dividing critics, thrilling audiences and opening creative doors. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Unfinished

An exhibition called "Unfinished," at the Museum now known as the Met Breuer on East 75th Street, raises questions about the whole idea of finishing artworks — or not finishing them. WNYC's Sara Fishko takes the challenge — from Bach to Kanye West — in this edition of Fishko Files. "Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible" will be on view at the Met Breuer beginning March 18th. WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Assistant Producer: Elizabeth Kulas

Remembering World War II

World War II is still central to America's self-image — as new generations find ways to tell that war's old stories. In this archival episode, Sara Fishko considers our endless fascination with the most documented event in history. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

War and Peace

For this edition of the Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko sat down with a husband-and-wife team of star translators to talk (as quickly as possible) about a very, very long book — War and Peace. 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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