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From WNYC, New York Public Radio, join WNYC's cultural attaché Sara Fishko for her personal radio essays on music, art, culture and media.

From WNYC, New York Public Radio, join WNYC's cultural attaché Sara Fishko for her personal radio essays on music, art, culture and media.
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From WNYC, New York Public Radio, join WNYC's cultural attaché Sara Fishko for her personal radio essays on music, art, culture and media.

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@FishkoFiles

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English

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WNYC Radio 160 Varick St. New York, NY 10013 212-433-9692


Episodes

Jazz Pictures

11/15/2018
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A new photo book out this week, Art Kane: Harlem 1958, celebrates the famous "Jazz in Harlem" photo created 60 years ago. The book features the contact sheets, quotations, and biographies behind the beloved picture, telling its story frame by frame. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, one player in the picture's drama still remembers the day it was made. More, in this episode of Fishko Files. The book Art Kane: Harlem 1958 is out now from the Wall of Sound Gallery. The National Jazz Museum in...

Duration:00:07:19

Ida Lupino

11/8/2018
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Ida Lupino (1918-1995) was a film business pioneer - a tough but tender actress who turned herself into a movie director, having been only the second woman to be inducted into the Director's Guild in 1950. In honor of her centenary, commemorated by Film Forum with a Lupino film festival, we bring you a Fishko Files meditation on her life and work. (Produced in 2010) Ida Lupino 100 runs at Film Forum Friday, November 9 through Thursday, November 22. For tickets and information, visit their...

Duration:00:07:19

Movie Remakes

11/1/2018
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As the new "A Star is Born" continues to hold steady at the box office (#2!), this archival Fishko Files considers the world of movie remakes. As Sara Fishko tells us, they keep on coming - for good or ill. (Produced in 2004) Since the production of this episode in 2004, director Jonathan Demme has died. Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:06:51

Pakula's Paranoia

10/26/2018
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New York-born master filmmaker Alan Pakula died just 20 years ago in an auto accident. Pakula produced "To Kill a Mockingbird" and directed "Sophie's Choice," among many others. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this edition of Fishko Files, some of his films are not getting old - they're getting new. Amy Taubin is a film critic and contributing editor for Film Comment and Sight & Sound. Matt Zoller-Seitz is the Editor-at-Large for RogerEbert.com and a TV critic for New York...

Duration:00:07:12

Scott Joplin

10/18/2018
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Historians can't seem to nail down an exact date for the birth of African-American composer Scott Joplin, but they think he was born between 149-150 years ago, probably in November 1868. This Fishko Files invites his biographer Edward Berlin to consider Joplin's life, and offers a taste of his now-celebrated work, from "Maple Leaf Rag" to "Treemonisha." (Produced in 2011) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister and Paul...

Duration:00:05:15

Moran on Monk

10/11/2018
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Jazz great Thelonious Monk was famous for his unorthodox approach, both at the piano and in his personal style. Even now, on his 101 birth anniversary, listening to Monk can be habit-forming – as well as life-changing – according to pianist Jason Moran. (Produced in 2007) A forthcoming book on Jason Moran, in conjunction with the exhibition Jason Moran at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is due out October 23 and is available for pre-order. Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant...

Duration:00:06:58

Preview: The Indoor Man (The United States of Anxiety)

10/4/2018
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It's 65 years since the launch of Playboy Magazine in 1953. In this Fishko Files, an excerpt from the podcast The United States of Anxiety, Episode 4. WNYC's Sara Fishko tells the story of how, about halfway through the 20th century, Hugh Hefner's Playboy contributed to "men's liberation." To hear the full episode, visit The United States on Anxiety. Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Bill Moss & Cayce Means Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:37

Jean Vigo

9/27/2018
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French filmmaker Jean Vigo's short life contained enough drama for dozens of movies. Vigo - who died at 29 - only made a few, and by now every frame he shot and directed is considered gold. More, in this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2011) At Film Forum, continuing through next Tuesday, October 2, The Complete Jean Vigo features new restorations of Vigo's films. For tickets and showtimes, visit their website. Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix...

Duration:00:04:12

Disney Hall

9/20/2018
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Fifteen years ago, in the fall of 2003, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall opened in downtown Los Angeles after a protracted struggle over money, design, and politics. WNYC's Sara Fishko was in LA for the hall's debut - and returned with this Fishko Files. (Produced in 2003) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:06:59

Hoagy Carmichael

9/13/2018
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia...

Duration:00:07:27

Marilyn

9/6/2018
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider and Bill Bowen Editor: Karen Frillmann and Gisele Regatao

Duration:00:07:15

The Personal and the Political

8/30/2018
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The days of summer are numbered, but, as WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, a notable Whitney Museum summer exhibit will be on view for another month. More, in this edition of Fishko Files. History Keeps Me Awake at Night is on at the Whitney through September 30. For tickets and more information on David Wojnarowicz, visit the Whitney online. The Whitney will present three performances of Wojnarowicz's multimedia work ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion) this month, as well as a screening...

Duration:00:04:17

Battling Over Brahms

8/23/2018
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This week, we feature both Leonard Bernstein, that great composer-conductor-writer-teacher, born in August 100 years ago, as well as Glenn Gould, that remarkable pianist-thinker-arranger-writer, born 86 years ago this September. These two had a rocky collaboration in 1962, the story of which is told by Sara Fishko in this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2006) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:11

Remembering Bernstein

8/16/2018
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In 2000, after recording five members of the New York Philharmonic recalling their former, beloved music director, Leonard Bernstein, Sara Fishko felt she had nothing to add to their very specific, compelling memories - except music, perhaps. Here are the orchestra players in this archival Fishko Files, in honor of the much-celebrated, long-anticipated Bernstein centenary. (Produced in 2000) Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918. Featured in this piece are: Glenn Dicterow,...

Duration:00:07:57

Summertime

8/9/2018
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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

Andy Warhol

8/2/2018
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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) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:06:56

Listening with Willner

7/26/2018
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Music producer Hal Willner presents a free outdoor concert tomorrow night, featuring the work of one of his favorite composers, Nino Rota. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, Willner's musical life began while LPs were still spinning out a rich musical menu. More, in this edition of Fishko Files. Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents Hal Willner's Amarcord Nino Rota, as well as Rota's scores from the first two Godfather films, tomorrow, July 27. The new release of Amarcord Nino Rota is now...

Duration:00:07:25

James M. Cain

7/19/2018
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It's 75 years since the publication of one of author James M. Cain's major claims to fame: Double Indemnity, the crime novel that was adapted by Raymond Chandler for the celebrated film directed by Billy Wilder. Guests Eddie Muller and David Madden help Sara Fishko sort out the impact of Cain's style in this archival Fishko Files. (Produced in 2011) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:07:19

Segovia

7/12/2018
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It's 125 years this year since the birth of classical guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia in Linares, Spain (1893). Segovia's sound, technique, phrasing, and choice of repertoire changed the face of the instrument. He also changed the career of guitarist Eliot Fisk, the guest on this edition Fishko Files. (Produced in 2002) Fishko Files with Sara Fishko Assistant Producer: Olivia Briley Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister Editor: Karen Frillmann

Duration:00:04:14

Henry Butler

7/5/2018
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Henry Butler, the extraordinary New Orleans pianist, arranger and composer, died Monday of cancer. Butler, blind from infancy, began studying piano as a child, playing classical music. He said he switched to jazz because it relied less on printed notes - though he was fluent in every piano style. He studied with musician Alvin Batiste, whom he considered a mentor, and was also a student of two pioneer New Orleans pianists: Henry Roeland Byrd, known as "Professor Longhair," and James Booker,...

Duration:00:07:04