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 »

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Chayefsky

This month marks 35 years since the death of screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, the multiple-Oscar-winning Chayefsky fought to the death for every fierce and furious word he wrote. Here is the next Fishko Files. (Produced in 2006) From Paddy Chayefsky's film "Network" WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Florence Foster Jenkins

This Friday marks the release of a new movie starring Meryl Streep as soprano Florence Foster Jenkins. Long before American Idol and the Amateur Hour, Jenkins sang about as badly as anyone had ever sung in public - but people have been fascinated by her style and her story since her death in the 1940s. Sara Fishko asks: was she so bad she was good? Here is the next Fishko Files. (Produced in 2005) Florence Foster Jenkins opens in theatres on Friday, August 12th Directed by Stephen Frears Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

William Bolcom

American composer William Bolcom's compositions are widely performed and recorded; he's written music of every type, comfortably mixing styles and genres. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Bolcom was, and is, a careful, passionate music-listener as well, and what he listens to tells us a lot about the history of music, both high and low. Here is the next Fishko Files. (Produced in 2006) William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience (William Blake) is available for purchase at Amazon.com WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Heart and Soul

"Heart and Soul," a 1930s song of modest melody and lilting rhythm, occupies a special place in the culture of piano-playing. Without its lyrics - with just its simple, jaunty tune - it's become an iconic American tradition, especially at social gatherings. Why? WNYC's Sara Fishko meditates on the mysteries of a popular tune. (Produced in 2006)

Romeo and Juliet

In honor of the ongoing Shakespeare400 celebration this year, WNYC's Sara Fishko charts several iterations of Romeo and Juliet, and considers how that classic Shakespeare tragedy inspired a great Russian ballet score. (Produced in 2007)

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus, the photographer who made her name taking pictures of ordinary people with extraordinary characteristics, is the subject of an exhibit which opened this week at the Met Breuer. More on Arbus from WNYC's Sara Fishko in this episode of Fishko Files. The exhibit, "Diane Arbus: In the Beginning," is at the Met Breuer through November 27, 2016. Music: "Main Title" - BLOW-UP (1966) "The Fur" - FUR (2006) "Interplay" (1962) - Bill Evans Bill Evans, piano; Freddie Hubbard, trumpet; Jim Hall, guitar; Percy Heath, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann Web: Olivia Briley Guest Speaker: Vicki Goldberg

150th Anniversary of the Birth of Erik Satie

Tomorrow is the hundred fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the French composer Erik Satie. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Satie's music and thinking were more in tune with our time than with his own, in this edition of Fishko Files. Music by Satie heard in today's piece: Gymnopedie no. 1 D'Holothurie -From Embryons Desseches Sur un Casque (from Descriptions Automatique) Sur un Vaisseau ( same as above) Je Te Veux (Café song) Vexations Parade (ballet), Maurice Abravanel conducting Utah Symphone Orchestra Furniture Music –Wrought Iron Tapestry Gnossienne Gymnopedie no. 2 All piano pieces performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Decca — the Complete Solo Piano Music of Satie) Stuart Isacoff is a pianist and music writer. His Wall Street Journal article on Satie appears tomorrow, May 17. Dr. Caroline Potter's book "Erik Satie, A Parisian Composer and his World" is published by Boydell Press. WNYC Production Credits Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: William Moss Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

Rostropovich

Mstislav Rostropovich was a rare combination: powerful conductor; courageous dissident; musical activist; but above all, he was a cellist. Shortly after his passing in 2007, WNYC's Sara Fishko spoke to cellists about the lasting impacts of his life and work. (Produced in 2007) WNYC Production Credits... Executive Producer: Sara Fishko Mix Engineer: Wayne Schulmister Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann

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

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