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Episodes

  • 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...
  • Photo League

    Sep 10, 2014 | 8 min
    In New York starting in 1932 The Photo League had a mission to gather and support photographers who took realistic pictures that might someday bring about social change. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the League was not just a convenient place to meet other photographers. The “Photo League” was organized around a way of looking at the world. Here is the next Fishko Files. WNYC Production Credits Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann
  • Three Jazz Works

    Sep 3, 2014 | 8 min
    Some of the major struggles and victories of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s coincided with a most active period for jazz music. WNYC’s Sara Fishko looks at a few cases where the movement and the music came together. Here’s the next Fishko Files… (produced in January 2012) WNYC Production Credits Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann
  • Kitchen Sink Realism

    Aug 27, 2014 | 8 min
    In 1956 in London, a play called Look Back in Anger, about a marriage between a middle class woman and a working class bloke, is said to have changed British theater forever. (Produced January 2012) WNYC Production Credits Associate Producer: Laura Mayer Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann