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

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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Episodes

Pianists After Glenn Gould

9/19/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:04:59

Robert Frank

9/12/2019
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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...

Duration:00:03:33

Roy DeCarava

9/5/2019
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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. Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer:...

Duration:00:05:56

Charles Boyer

8/29/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:27

Real Live Jazz

8/22/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:03:10

Glass in Paris

8/15/2019
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This weekend, American composer Philip Glass travels east to perform two programs at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, Glass’s travel overseas – much further east, to Paris in the ‘60s – was central to his music, as he encountered a pair of powerful influences. (Produced in 2017) Listen to "An Hour with Philip Glass" here. (Produced in 2006) Philip Glass: Works for Piano, Programs A and B runs at Guild Hall this Saturday, August 17 and Sunday,...

Duration:00:07:03

Shrinks on Screen

8/8/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:17

Indian Summer

8/1/2019
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Victor Herbert's modern, modest song of 1919 continues to enchant musicians to this day. WNYC's Sara Fishko tells the story in this archival edition of Fishko Files. (Produced in 2017) “Indian Summer” Lee Konitz, alto sax; Billy Bauer, guitar Prestige, 1956 "Indian Summer" Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra Jack Leonard, vocals 1939 "Indian Summer" Glenn Miller Orchestra Ray Eberle, vocals Bluebird, 1939 "Indian Summer" Sidney Bechet, soprano sax 1940 "Indian Summer" Coleman...

Duration:00:07:12

Three Big Books

7/25/2019
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A new, massive book of Jim Marshall photographs comes out next month. His earlier volume of jazz images inspired this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2017) The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop Matthew Weiner's Mad Men Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:27

Summertime

7/18/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:06:47

Actors Play for Real

7/11/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:08:20

Orchestra

7/4/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:03

Chaplin's The Tramp

6/27/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:11

Marshall McLuhan

6/20/2019
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It's 55 years since Marshall McLuhan's book Understanding Media suggested the media were "extensions of man." McLuhan's ideas about media, globalization, and cultural upheaval made him a star and a prophet in the 1960s, even if many were barely able to grasp their meaning. We try, in this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2011) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:08

Concertmaster

6/13/2019
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In June of 2014, the celebrated musician Glenn Dicterow was just about to retire from the New York Philharmonic after many decades of playing first violin with the orchestra. The concertmaster spoke with WNYC’s Sara Fishko about the musical tightrope he walked daily as the orchestra’s first violinist. (Produced in 2014) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:06:36

Pauline

6/6/2019
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Tomorrow in Manhattan, a film festival opens in honor of the late movie critic Pauline Kael, born 100 years ago this month. A film festival - for a critic? WNYC's Sara Fishko has more in this episode of Fishko Files. "Losing It at the Movies: Pauline Kael at 100" runs at Quad Cinema tomorrow, June 7 through Thursday, June 20. David Denby is a critic and staff writer for The New Yorker. Peter Rainer is the film critic at the Christian Science Monitor and author of "Rainer on Film: Thirty...

Duration:00:07:13

Liberace's Very Extreme Makeover

5/30/2019
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It’s the Liberace centenary! He was born in May of 1919. WNYC’s Sara Fishko ponders the pianist’s gifts and his impact in this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2013) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:04:24

On Hamlet

5/23/2019
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:19

Satie's Birthday

5/16/2019
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Tomorrow is the birthday of the beloved composer Erik Satie, he of the celebrated Gymnopedie No. 1 and lesser-known "Furniture Music." A few years ago, Fishko Files noted the 150th birth anniversary of the eccentric fellow, with this piece. (Produced in 2016) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Bill Moss Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:11

1959 in the Movies

5/9/2019
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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. Films mentioned: Pillow Talk Shadows Ben-Hur The World, the Flesh, and the Devil On the Beach The Beat...

Duration:00:07:21