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Fishko Files from WNYC

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WNYC's Sara Fishko with sound-rich essays on art, culture, music and media - past and present.

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WNYC's Sara Fishko with sound-rich essays on art, culture, music and media - past and present.

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71 Ratings
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Insightful

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Intelligent, funny, surprising.

Superbly executed...

By wohtkins - Mar 25 2014
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...and curated. Excellent.

iTunes Ratings

71 Ratings
Average Ratings
66
1
1
0
3

Insightful

By environmentguru - Mar 03 2016
Read more
Intelligent, funny, surprising.

Superbly executed...

By wohtkins - Mar 25 2014
Read more
...and curated. Excellent.

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Fishko Files from WNYC

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WNYC's Sara Fishko with sound-rich essays on art, culture, music and media - past and present.

Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, and 'dreamt himself' out of his Pittsburgh childhood into his extraordinary celebrity life. Sara Fishko and guests consider how Warhol's own fandom figured into his self-creation, in this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2001)

Aug 02 2018

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Bonnie and Clyde

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It’s 50 years since the release of the movie “Bonnie and Clyde.” The film opened during the “Summer of Love,” which was also the era of the Vietnam war.  As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files replay, the divided response to the film put its director, the late Arthur Penn, at the center of a swirl of controversy.

Arthur Penn was an American director and producer of television and films including the 1967 "Bonnie and Clyde." (Produced in 2007)

Aug 03 2017

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New York Shakespeare

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The free, open-air New York Shakespeare Festival opens for the season this week, with productions of Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream on the agenda. In this Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko tells the story of how the determined and daring Joseph Papp started the New York Shakespeare tradition - despite formidable obstacles - many years ago. (Produced in 2005)

May 25 2017

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Penn Station

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Penn Station's current problems now have a name: "Summer of Hell." But Penn has a long history of even more serious disasters, including its destruction and re-creation before there was a Landmark's Commission to protect it. WNYC's Sara Fishko speaks to keepers of the Penn Station flame in this archival edition of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2001)

Jun 22 2017

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Arnold Schoenberg

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In 1918, Arnold Schoenberg founded the Society for Private Musical Performances with the aim of making new music, excellently played, available to the then-modern audience. In this archival Fishko Files, composer and author Allen Shawn reflects on his own efforts, in his book Arnold Schoenberg's Journey, to demystify the composer himself for our own era. (Produced in 2002)

Apr 26 2018

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Marilyn

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Many decades after Marilyn Monroe's death in August of 1962, her image - often imitated, but never quite duplicated - is still everywhere. WNYC's Sara Fishko has more, in this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2011)

Sep 06 2018

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Oppenheimer

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Fifty years after the death of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the so-called “father of the atomic bomb,” there is still power in his story of genius, politics and remorse. This archival Fishko Files was produced just as two works stressing the “mythical” telling of his story had appeared: John Adams’ opera “Dr. Atomic” and a massive new biography, “American Prometheus.” (Produced in 2005)

Mar 09 2017

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Improvisation

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The documentary Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes has its premiere Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival. In the course of talking about the history of the label, musicians in the film muse more generally about the art of jazz and the nature of improvisation. In this archival Fishko Files, Oscar Peterson, Bill Charlap, and others try to describe the indescribable. (Produced in 2003)

Apr 19 2018

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Pianists After Glenn Gould

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We're coming up on the birth anniversary of the brilliant Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982). It was Gould's strikingly original take on the music of Bach that brought him great acclaim. In this archival piece made for Studio 360, Sara Fishko asked then-current Bach pianists about Gould's influence. (Produced in 2002)

Sep 19 2019

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Lee Grant

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It's just 70 years since the House Committee on Un-American Activities began its investigation into "Communist infiltration" in Hollywood. Turner Classic Movies is marking the anniversary this month with films and talks on the subject, including an appearance by Lee Grant - who was Sara Fishko's guest in 2014. Grant talks about her "Blacklist" memoir in this archival episode of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2014)

"Spotlight TCM: The Hollywood Blacklist" airs every Monday & Tuesday in November, featuring Lee Grant in conversation on November 27 & 28.

Lee Grant's book, I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir, is available on Amazon.

Nov 16 2017

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Vorkapich

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This week, our thoughts turn to a behind-the-scenes Serbian cinematic poet whose contribution to film fit in between the major scenes of Golden Age Hollywood movies. Sara Fishko, with commentary by the late film critic Andrew Sarris, considers the master of the old-school "montage," Slavko Vorkapich.

Jun 07 2018

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1959 in the Movies

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In our unsettled cultural moment, we're drowning in content - with 49 new movie releases this month alone, from the romantic comedy "Long Shot" to the zombie film "Dead Trigger." What can we know from one year's movies? WNYC's Sara Fishko considers some of the films of another unsettled year - 1959.

Fred Kaplan's book, "1959: The Year Everything Changed" is available on Amazon.

May 09 2019

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Common Man

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Seventy-five years ago, with America in the thick of the Second World War, the world first heard a celebrated patriotic fanfare by Aaron Copland. WNYC’s Sara Fishko has more in this edition of Fishko Files.

Feb 16 2017

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On Hamlet

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The 2019 season of free Shakespeare in the Park gets underway this week. In honor of that great New York tradition, WNYC's Sara Fishko considers the infinite variety of voices that have squeezed every vocal drop out of the Bard's most celebrated soliloquy. (Produced in 2012)

May 23 2019

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Summertime

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With temperatures in New York soaring to 90 degrees and above this week, we bring you this archival Fishko Files. WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the masterful Gershwin tune and the many ways its interpreters say “summer.” (Produced in 2001)

Jul 18 2019

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Nichols and May

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The late Mike Nichols (d. November 19, 2014) lives on through many accomplishments, not least his perfect pairing with Elaine May for sketch comedy that influenced generations to come. WNYC's Sara Fishko saw them reunited on stage - for this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2006)

Jan 12 2017

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Hoagy Carmichael

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The songwriter/actor/singer Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981) began his musical career working as a piano player at a fraternity dance in 1918. He went on to write and perform countless classic tunes. Carmichael was also a familiar figure, usually spinning out stories while sitting at an upright piano, in some high-profile Hollywood films. WNYC's Sara Fishko talked to musicians about him for this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2002)

Sep 13 2018

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Glass in Paris

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American composer Philip Glass turns 80 next week. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Glass's time away from America in the '60s was central to his music, as he encountered a pair of powerful influences.

Listen to "An Hour with Philip Glass" here. (Produced in 2006)

The Bruckner Orchestra Linz celebrates Glass's birthday with the world premiere of his new Symphony No. 11 on Tuesday, January 31 at Carnegie Hall. For tickets and more information, visit carnegiehall.org.

National Sawdust hosts Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso with Jeffrey Zeigler on Sunday, March 12 as part of their "Glass @ 80" celebration. For tickets and more information, visit nationalsawdust.org.

Jan 30 2017

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Oscar Time

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The 89th Oscars ceremony will be broadcast this Sunday evening. Whatever the outcome, the run-up to the ceremony has Sara Fishko thinking about art, commerce and movies. Here is the next Fishko Files. (Produced in 2010)

Andrew Sarris (1928-2012) was a leading film critic and author ("The American Cinema") and an early proponent of the "auteur" theory. He wrote criticism for Film Culture, The Village Voice, The Observer, and other publications.

Daniel Eagan is a critic and author of America’s Film Legacy: the Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry. He writes for Film Journal and Film Comment.

Feb 23 2017

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Robert Frank

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The death on Monday of the photographer Robert Frank sent us back to this short Fishko Files, made from an interview taped at Frank’s Bleecker Street studio in 2009. Called “pivotal” by The New York Times this week's obituary, Frank is widely credited with having changed the direction of photography with his book The Americans, which liberated documentary photographs from a formal and formulaic style. Here, Frank talks about freelancing in New York in the years leading up to his celebrated book. (Produced in 2009)

Sep 12 2019

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Robert Benton

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The film Marriage Story starts streaming on Netflix today. It was in December 1979 that another well-acted, thoughtful film about divorce opened to mostly raves for its writer-director, Robert Benton - who is Sara Fishko's guest on this edition of Fishko Files.

Kramer vs. KramerPlaces in the Heart, and many other Benton films are available on Amazon.

'Kramer vs. Kramer' vs. 'Marriage Story' by Jourdain Searles (Nov 12, 2019)

Screen: 'Kramer vs. Kramer' by Vincent Canby (Dec 19, 1979)

Dec 06 2019

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Heart and Soul

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“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 the holiday season's social gatherings. Why? WNYC’s Sara Fishko meditates on the mysteries of a popular tune. (Produced in 2006)

Nov 29 2019

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JFK and TV

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In the days following September 11th, television united Americans as it had few times before. In this special edition for On the Media, WNYC's Sara Fishko takes us back to November 22nd, 1963 - the Friday before Thanksgiving, when the medium was feeling its way, for the first time, through a devastating tragedy. (Produced in 2001)

Nov 22 2019

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Lee Grant

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This weekend, Film Forum kicks off a 13-film festival celebrating the actor and filmmaker Lee Grant. In the prime of her career - her "ingénue years," as she calls them - she was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, rendering her unemployable in Hollywood. She spoke to WNYC's Sara Fishko in 2014 about those years, and the bizarre circumstances of her return to stardom. (Produced in 2014)

Lee Grant: Actor. Filmmaker. begins at Film Forum on Saturday, November 17 and continues through February 12, with appearances by Grant on opening night and select dates.

Lee Grant's book, I Said Yes to Everything: A Memoir, is available on Amazon.

Nov 15 2019

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Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture

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World War I presented civilization with unprecedented violence and destruction. The shock of the first modern, “industrial” war extended far into the 20th century and even into the 21st, and changed how people saw the world and themselves. And that was reflected in the cultural responses to the war – which included a burgeoning obsession with beauty and body image, the birth of jazz, new thinking about the human psyche, the Harlem Renaissance, Surrealism...and more.

WNYC's Sara Fishko and guests sift through the lingering effects of the Great War on modern art and life in Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture.

Shell Shock 1919 is supported by the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family.

Nov 10 2019

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Excerpt: "Shell Shock 1919"

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World War 1 officially ended in 1919, and as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, its impact on art and culture during and after the war can still be felt. One early response to the war came from artists searching for a way to express their shock. More, in this edition of Fishko Files.

Next Thursday, November 7 at 7pm, Sara Fishko will be live in The Greene Space with "Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture." Guests include MoMA's Ann Temkin. Tickets are available now.

Tune into WNYC next Sunday, November 10 for the hourlong special Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture, airing through Veterans Day weekend.

Nov 01 2019

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Isle of the Dead

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With Halloween looming, WNYC's Sara Fishko relates the story of "Isle of the Dead" - a dark, mysterious 19th century painting that captivated a whole generation. More in this episode of Fishko Files.

Fishko Files with Sara Fishko

Assistant Producer: Olivia BrileyMix Engineer: Wayne ShulmisterEditor: Karen Frillmann

Oct 25 2019

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Wright and the Guggenheim

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This Monday, the Guggenheim Museum celebrates 60 years since the opening of its arresting Frank Lloyd Wright building on Fifth Avenue. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, the building and New York had much to offer each other.

On October 21 and throughout the rest of the month, the Guggenheim features music, tours, and conversations to commemorate the anniversary.

Oct 18 2019

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Shirley Clarke

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Filmmaker Shirley Clarke was born October 2, 1919. Her groundbreaking, atmospheric films - "Portrait of Jason," "The Cool World," and "The Connection," among others from the 1950s and '60s - are being shown digitally on the Criterion Channel, and theatrically at Film Forum all this month. (Produced in 2013)

Oct 03 2019

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The Mystique of the Horn Player

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The legendary jazz musician Chet Baker, born in 1929, has long been a subject of fascination for filmmakers, biographers, and musicians. In this archival Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko considers the mystique around horn players - and Baker in particular.

Sep 26 2019

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Pianists After Glenn Gould

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We're coming up on the birth anniversary of the brilliant Canadian pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982). It was Gould's strikingly original take on the music of Bach that brought him great acclaim. In this archival piece made for Studio 360, Sara Fishko asked then-current Bach pianists about Gould's influence. (Produced in 2002)

Sep 19 2019

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Robert Frank

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The death on Monday of the photographer Robert Frank sent us back to this short Fishko Files, made from an interview taped at Frank’s Bleecker Street studio in 2009. Called “pivotal” by The New York Times this week's obituary, Frank is widely credited with having changed the direction of photography with his book The Americans, which liberated documentary photographs from a formal and formulaic style. Here, Frank talks about freelancing in New York in the years leading up to his celebrated book. (Produced in 2009)

Sep 12 2019

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Roy DeCarava

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Soon after the events of September 11, a long-awaited book of jazz photography by the late Roy DeCarava was published and received by a changed world. WNYC's Sara Fishko talked to DeCarava, who died 10 years ago this fall, about the joys and sorrows of the human condition. (Produced for Studio 360 in 2001)

Photographs from DeCarava's book The Sound I Saw are on display at David Zwirner in two exhibitions opening tomorrow, September 5.

Sep 05 2019

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Charles Boyer

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Charles Boyer, the movie star from Hollywood's golden age and beyond, was born August 28, 1899. His romantic accent, continental style, and clever use of his own "French-ness" kept him working in American films for decades. More from Sara Fishko in this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2008)

Aug 29 2019

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Real Live Jazz

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In the last gasp of summer, there's still time to catch some outdoor music. In this Fishko Files, a taste of live jazz captured on tape in Germany after WWII, featuring some great American artists - and available on CD, to listen to indoors or out. (Produced in 2013)

Aug 22 2019

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Shrinks on Screen

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It's August - when the analysts, psychologists, and therapists leave town. For those who may miss them, here is this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2002)

Aug 08 2019

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Summertime

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With temperatures in New York soaring to 90 degrees and above this week, we bring you this archival Fishko Files. WNYC’s Sara Fishko explores the masterful Gershwin tune and the many ways its interpreters say “summer.” (Produced in 2001)

Jul 18 2019

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Actors Play for Real

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2006 was a big year for biopics. In this Fishko Files produced that year, Sara Fishko and guests ponder the art of recreating people we know very well - on stage or screen. (Produced in 2006)

Jul 11 2019

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Orchestra

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On this American holiday, Sara Fishko visits with players from one of the great American orchestras, the New York Philharmonic, to "deconstruct" a symphonic performance, piece by piece. The fireworks (!) come at the end - when they're all playing together. (Produced in 2004)

Jul 04 2019

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Chaplin's The Tramp

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A hundred and five years ago, Charles Chaplin created The Tramp - in an awful hurry. The phenomenally popular character lasted a couple of decades. It's the subject of this Fishko Files with Sara Fishko. (Produced in 2014)

Jun 27 2019

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