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 Sharing, Credit: Julia Meek
Humanitarian Hervé Kempf suggests: “Consume less; share better.” Hope you can share an hour of your time to hear how it's done!

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


  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktales of Simplicity, Credit: Julia Meek
If you stop to take a breath in this fast-paced world, you may get run over! If you can spare an hour, and put life on hold, this week's edition of...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Mum is not always the word, and cats DO have a way of getting let out of the bag...musical proof will be uncovered this week on the Folktale of Sec...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
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Obstacles of any sort are bitter pills to swallow, and what you make of them is often the final, and finest challenge. We're sharing musical reflec...

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


  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Color Schemes, Credit: Julia Meek
This week on Folktales, life is a coloring book, and we're filling it in with bold strokes of audio from every corner of the globe! Got your paint ...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6
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As Anais Nin would say: "Dreams are necessary to life". Take an hour to find out why, this week on Folktales, and in the meantime: Dream on...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Community Support, Credit: Julia Meek
It's fund raising time in our folkworld, and we're saying hats off to YOU, our public radio family, with this special Folktale of Community Support!

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:18:19
  • Purchases: 7
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From gentle breezes to nor'easters, squalls and unrelenting gales, it’s these air currents that carry us to every corner of the musical world this ...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Autumn, Credit: Julia Meek
In our folkworld, Fall is in the air, and this week on Folktales, it's on in airwaves as well, so grab a sweater and a smile, and join us!

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
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From ABC's to 1-2-3's, our Foktale of Knowledge is a fount of musical wisdom. Hope you can spend the hour with us, and who knows? You just might le...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 8
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As many folktworlds believe: "If you can think it, you can do it." That's the attitude we're adopting this week, on the 'Folktale of Possibility'--...

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2014
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Some people, and causes are worth the world, and that's the passion we're tracking this week, in the finest of musical modes. We're quite attached ...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2014
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Summer's Spell, Credit: Julia Meek
Those lazy, hazy, crazy days have the power over us all this month--to hear what it sounds like, join us for the Folktale of Summer's Spell.

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 6
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This week's show is a literally lighthearted tour around the musical globe--so put on a happy face, let a smile be your umbrella, and tune in for t...

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  • Added: Aug 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 9
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Like the song says: "What goes up must come down--spinnin' wheel got to go round..." And where does it land us? Hot on the trail of Lady Luck, in a...

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


  • Added: Jul 09, 2014
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Recreation, Credit: Julia Meek
As most folks know, play time is serious business! For a musical assessment of maximizing the fun in YOUR life, please join us for the Folktale of ...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Liberty, Credit: Julia Meek
It's independence this Folktale salutes, with a look at freedom, and its pursuit, around the musical globe. A powerful tour de force? Hear for your...

Bought by WFIU, WCPN, 'The Sea', WNMU-FM, WLPR and more


  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Roots Revival, Credit: Julia Meek
As author, Eric Olson noted: "Music is what life sounds like"...and it's the roots of that very soundscape we're exploring this week, on the Folkta...

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


  • Added: Sep 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Agriculture, Credit: Julia Meek
It's fields & farmlands we're cultivating this week on Folktales, with a bountiful harvest of musical customs from every corner of the agrarian wor...

Bought by WFIU, KWMR, WLPR , and WFIU


  • Added: May 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Weddings, Credit: Julia Meek
'Tis the season-- we have many musical knots to tie around that matrimonial hitching post on the Folktale of Weddings, and you are SO invited to at...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6