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

172 Pieces

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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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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: 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
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: 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 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 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 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 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 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...

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


  • Added: Jan 25, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:11
  • Purchases: 9
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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 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
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
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As they say in many a folk world, "Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns"--and on this week's edition, you'll find out that caring and sharing...

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


  • Added: Mar 08, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Irish Backroads, Credit: j
Sure and 'tis a fine road we travel this week--off the beaten path, and around a world of musical customs & collaborations, all hailing from the Em...

Bought by RadioStPete Florida, WYAP, WNMU-FM, KICI Iowa City, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 26
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It's graces & goodwill we gather this week, with a joyous assortment of musical expressions to share in celebration of the season around us.

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


  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Prosperity, Credit: Julia Meek
It's the horn of plenty a-blowing this folktale, and a wealth of good music--you can bank on it!

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


  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of The 4 Elements, Credit: Julia Meek
Earth, water, fire & air--these are the "spiritual essences" this week's Folktale tracks, in the finest of musical tradition!

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


  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Conflict, Credit: Julia Meek
We've all been warned to choose our battle carefully, and this week we're taking a listen to ALL sides of musical traditions on this issue--ready f...

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


  • Added: May 01, 2013
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktales, Credit: Julia Meek
A mother's work is never done--and this week's Folktale celebrates the love, spirit and dedication of mothers, daughters & grandmothers around the ...

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


  • Added: Apr 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 12