Folktales

Series produced by Northeast Indiana Public Radio

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Join us for a topical tour around the musical folkworld.

For one hour every week, Julia takes listeners around the world as she explores a theme that touches the human spirit. From steel drum bands to didgeridoos, from Americana to Arabesque, Julia and her listeners consider how the traditions, customs, heritage, and myths of our world have been expressed through music.

Meticulously researched but presented with minimal commentary or interpretation, Julia allows the folktale theme of the week to unfold itself in the mastery of the musicians and their music.


Additional Files

174 Pieces

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Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Travel Lodging, Credit: Julia Meek
Where to lay one's weary head while 'on the road' is something to think about, and we're adding it to this Folktale's musical itinerary! Make your ...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), GCR (Global Community Radio), 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WLPR , KCMJ Community Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Illumination, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a "ray of thought" we're focused on this week, in a golden glow of musical customs from folkworlds old and new--so grab the Ray-bans, and get ...

Bought by WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, and WFIU


  • Added: Aug 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI'S Folktale of The Social Scene, Credit: Julia Meek
We're traveling footloose & fancy free this episode, to bashes, balls and shindigs around the musical globe! Consider yourself the guest of honor--...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2015
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 7
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Tired of the winter? Ready to laugh in old man winter's face and tell him to take a hike? Then grab the outerwear & take a listen--Here's a folktal...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Folktale of Ancestral Spirits, Credit: Julia Meek
It's remembered ways this Folktale tracks, as we follow those 'lines of descent' through the finest of musical traditions.

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Sacred Ground, Credit: Julia Meek
A highly spritual journey through a world of 'musical belief'--hope you can join us for this uplifing tour.

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Here comes the sun--and it's shining down a world of good music this week on Foltkales--hope you can spend an hour w/ us and catch some rays!

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Folktale of Libations, Credit: Julia Meek
We’re imbibing in music for, from and about intoxicating beverages around the world of good cheer this week. So here's to your joining us for the F...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2015
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: The Folktale of Star Shine, Credit: Julia Meek
As novelist Richelle Goodrich wonders: “Why only gaze at the stars? Catch one!” Musical opportunities abound this week on our Folktale of Star Shine.

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6
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As Robert Frost put it: "Freedom lies in being bold." Some call it courage, and this episode, we're sharing many musical examples of this fine art-...

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  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week, we're asking: 'How does your garden grow?' in the finest of musical tradtions--hope you'll spend an hour just digging it!

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  • Added: May 27, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 10
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This week's Folktale of Memories finds us honing our recall and reminiscence skills in a most musical manner--hoping you'll remember to join us!

Bought by 'The Sea', GCR (Global Community Radio), GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR , and WFIU


  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Unity, Credit: Julia Meek
“All for one and one for all, united we stand divided we fall.” A stock reminder via Alexandre Dumas for our rally round the radio this week on th...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6
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“Shame is a soul eating emotion", according to C.G. Jung. Hope you can spare an your to hear what that sounds like this week on Folktales--it would...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of the Market Place, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's edition of Folktales finds us "Shopping 'til we drop", in a wide variety of musical fashions-- and as J.C. Penney would say: It's all i...

Bought by WFIU, WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR , and WFIU


  • Added: Dec 12, 2012
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Seeings believing...or is it? We're tracking 2nd guesses, hesitation and other doubtful acts through the music they have inspired this week--firmly...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Parting, Credit: Julia Meek
“Goodbyes, they often come in waves.” That's how the humorous American author, Jarod Kintz sees it--and this week's Folktale will show you what the...

Bought by WFIU, WFIU, 'The Sea', GCR (Global Community Radio), GCR (Global Community Radio) and more


  • Added: Feb 23, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 8
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This time of year, love is in the air, world round--and on this edition, we're following it's enticing call! If you can spare an hour, we'd just lo...

Bought by WFIU, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles...if you have an hour to spare for a Folktale this busy week, you can hear how it ...

Bought by 'The Sea', WFIU, WFIU, KPIP-LP, WNMU-FM and more


  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Bells, Credit: Julia Meek
We're letting it peal as we ring in the New Year this week on Folktales, with an assortment of sounds that resonate around the globe--hope you can...

Bought by WFIU, WLPR , WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), KCMJ Community Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9