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 Animal Instinct, Credit: Julia Meek
As Dr. Doolittle notes: "If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it..."--that's the conversation this folktale proposes--and to be sure, they...

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


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Revenge, Credit: Julia Meek
Whether you believe in 'an eye for an eye', or 'turning the other cheek' there's musical recourse just for you--so don't get mad--get even--and be ...

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


  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 7
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It's Cupid's bow pointing the way this week, and we're on a global quest for the very sweetest music for the occasion!

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WFIU, WNMU-FM, GCR (Global Community Radio), WNMU-FM and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Closure, Credit: Julia Meek
"Where is the good in goodbye?" Meredith Wilson's "Music Man" pondered this question, which we're revisiting with a tour of departures, leave taki...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:11
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Thievery, Credit: Julia Meek
As they say in Cambodia: "Stealing may bring profits, but hanging costs far more", so lock the door & hang on to your wallets--this week, we're cha...

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


  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI'S Folktale of Golden Slumbers, Credit: Julia Meek
According to Elizabethan poet, Thomas Dekker, "Sleep is the golden chain that ties our health and our bodies together"...we're following the sandma...

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


  • Added: Jul 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Communication, Credit: Julia Meek
According to Chip Heath: “The first problem of communication is getting people's attention.” If we may have yours, this episode 'transmits' a sampl...

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


  • Added: Jan 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Aeolus the Wind, Credit: Julia Meek
"Always be in readiness for favorable winds"--that's an ancient Chinese proverb, and it fills the sails of this week's folktale w/ 'musical air cur...

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


  • Added: Dec 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of New Beginnings, Credit: Julia Meek
The Folktale of New Beginnings: Get ready to 'ring it--sing it--burn it--or break it in: 2013 is on its way, and as Oprah likes to say: "Cheers to ...

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


  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of the Solstice Season, Credit: Julia Meek
This folktale celebrates the dark stretch of the year with musical customs meant to brighten winter's darkest hours.

Bought by KLCC, WFIU, GCR (Global Community Radio), KMUN, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Folktale of Toyland, Credit: Julia Meek
This edition of Folktales, it's 'game on' as it tracks treasured toys, play songs and play time traditions around the musical globe!

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


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
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As they say in many a folk world, winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail. In this episode of Folktales, Julia Meek tracks this...

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


  • Added: Dec 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Gratitude, Credit: Julia Meek
A world of blessings and thankfulness in this episode of gratitude--do hope you can spend an hour with us, just being grateful.

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


  • Added: Nov 30, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
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We're checking the pulse of our deepest thoughts and emotions this week, in a most musical way.Cardio-vascular workout guaranteed on this Folktale ...

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


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 13
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Longfellow called them the 'gypsy children of song', and we call them the stuff this edition of Folktale of Ballads is made on--hope you'll join us!

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


  • Added: Nov 21, 2012
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
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This week on Folktales, we're headed to the top--with a mountain of good music to conquer. Hope you're up for joining us on the Folktale of Peak Ex...

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


  • Added: Sep 25, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Brave Journeys, Credit: Julia Meek
This episode of Folktales paves the way to enlightenment with musical offerings of encouragement from around the world. Hope you can join us for th...

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


  • Added: Oct 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Curses!, Credit: Julia Meek
Curses! THIS week's Folktale is 'doomed' to explore hexes, vexes, oaths & other forms of musical evil will, and a voo-doo or two, just for good (or...

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


  • Added: Oct 29, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Tomorrows, Credit: Julia Meek
Some say that your present thoughts are sharing your future experiences--How & why? Where & when? Look to the horizon, and join us for the Folktale...

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


  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Friendship, Credit: Julia Meek
A bit of Aristotelian advice, good buddy: "The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend." That's what this week's Folktale is all about.

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


  • Added: Sep 05, 2012
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 10