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

    John Levy, Jazz Master

    John Levy, Jazz Master

    This archival Fishko Files was produced in 2006 - the year musician and manager John Levy was given the prestigious title of "Jazz Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts. His profound impact on music could be seen in many forms, and for many decades. Levy died in January 2012, just three months shy of his 100th birthday.

    • 7 min
    Three Jazz Works

    Three Jazz Works

    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, in this edition of Fishko Files. Featuring music by Max Roach, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck, among others.

    Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now

    Duke Ellington's My People

    Dave Brubeck's The Gates of Justice

    Louis Armstrong, Dave Lambert, Jon Henricks, and others' The Real Ambassadors

    • 6 min
    Capturing Cohn

    Capturing Cohn

    A documentary film about the late, infamous lawyer Roy Cohn premieres tonight. As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us, the variety of films and dramatic portrayals of Cohn reveal a figure both fascinating and repellent. More in this episode of Fishko Files.

    Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn premieres tonight at 9pm on HBO.

    Where's My Roy Cohn?, Point of Order, Citizen Cohn, and the HBO miniseries Angels in America are available to stream or buy online.

    • 7 min
    Miss Lonelyhearts

    Miss Lonelyhearts

    The Depression-era novel Miss Lonelyhearts, by Nathanael West, has been called "the purest expression of despair that American literature has produced, in any era." As WNYC's Sara Fishko tells us in this Fishko Files, 80 years after the author's death the book - about the descent into darkness of an advice columnist - still rings true.

    Miss Lonelyhearts is available to order online.

    Jonathan Lethem's upcoming novel, The Arrest, will be published this November. You can find more Lethem on West in "The American Vicarious" (The Believer, 2009).

    For more on Lowell Liebermann, visit his website.

    Thanks to Rex Doane for lending his voice to our excerpts from Miss Lonelyhearts.

    • 7 min
    Strange Fruit

    Strange Fruit

    20 years ago, a book by David Margolick reminded us of the power of a historic song about lynching, Strange Fruit - made famous by the great Billie Holiday. As Americans march against systemic racism, this archival Fishko Files with Lena Horne and others on the song that some say changed the world. (Produced in 2000)

    • 7 min
    See For Yourself

    See For Yourself

    After the opening of the September 11th Memorial and Museum, record-breaking crowds traveled to Ground Zero, to the exact spot where the tragedy happened. In this archival edition of Fishko Files, WNYC's Sara Fishko asks - why?

    • 6 min

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