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Episodes

  • Pins and Needles

    Oct 15, 2014 | 5 min
    In its day, "Pins and Needles" brought satirical relief to a polarized society. WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells the story. WNYC Production Credits Mix Engineer: Paul Schneider and Bill Bowen Associate Producer: Laura Mayer WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann
  • Marilyn Monroe

    Oct 8, 2014 | 8 min
    When this piece was produced in 2011, Marilyn Monroe would have been 85 years old, and her image was everywhere. Her popularity was never greater, says WNYC’s Sara Fishko, thanks to a seemingly inescapable urge to evoke her in any way possible. WNYC Production Credits Mix Engineers: Paul Schneider and Bill Bowen Associate Producer: Laura Mayer WNYC Newsroom Editors: Karen Frillmann and Gisele Regatao
  • Marshall McLuhan

    Oct 1, 2014 | 8 min
    Professor Marshall McLuhan rose to stardom in the 1960s as a pop culture guru. WNYC’s Sara Fishko takes us back to McLuhan’s futuristic thoughts…in this edition of Fishko Files. Fore more from the speakers in this edition of Fishko Files ==> Cecelia Tichi is a writer and a professor at Vanderbilt University. One of her books, Electronic Hearth: Creating an American Television Culture, is available here. Tichi also appeared in another episode of Fishko Files: Cultural Glue. ==> Richard Kostelanetz is an author and critic living in New York. You can see his website here. ==> Douglas Coupland is a writer and artist. His biography about McLuhan,Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!, is ...
  • See for Yourself

    Sep 24, 2014 | 7 min
    After the opening of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, record-breaking crowds traveled to Ground Zero, to the exact spot where the tragedy happened. In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko asks -why? I think there’s something actually quite important in having a safe space to be with whatever you’re feeling about 9-11...And in a certain sense it doesn’t even matter that much what’s there. - Ruth Sergel For more from the people featured in this edition of Fishko Files... James E. Young is professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Young served on the jury that selected the World Trade Center Memorial design. You can see one of his books...
  • Body and Soul

    Sep 17, 2014 | 9 min
    75 years ago, a jazz record made history—it was a bold improvisation on the song “Body and Soul.” As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, that song had a way of taking musicians to inspired places. Here’s this Fishko Files. For more from the speakers heard in this edition of Fishko Files... Read about Will Friedwald's new book "A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers." Visit Stuart Isacoff's website. Playlist for "Body and Soul" Frank Sinatra. Recorded 1947. The Best of the Columbia Years, 1943-1952. Sony Music, 1995. Benny Goodman Trio. Recorded 1935. Teddy Wilson: The Quintessence. Fremeaux & Associes, 2003. Libby Holman. Recording date uncertain. Click to hear. Louis Armstrong (etc...