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.


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172 Pieces

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Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Secret Gardens, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a bevy of blossoms and floral finery we're tracking on this week's edition--in especially lovely locales you won't find on the public parkway ...

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


  • Added: Feb 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:56
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Patriotism & Remembrance, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a time of military memorials in our world, and that's the hallowed path we walk on this week's edition, with musical reflections on battles--a...

Bought by WGHC-LP 98.3 FM Chicago, GCR (Global Community Radio), GCR (Global Community Radio), 'The Sea', WFIU and more


  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Home Sweet Home, Credit: Julia Meek
We all agree there's no place like it! And this week's edition of Folktales is visiting favorite homes and habitats of all ages -- around the music...

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


  • Added: May 23, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Fatherhood, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's edition of Folktales declares 'hats off'' to all the Paters, Pops and Patriarchs we know, with a world of good music!

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


  • Added: May 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Poverty, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's Folktale puts the musical focus on need--and hardship around the globe.

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


  • Added: Sep 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 4
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It's a sweet nocturnal glow that illuminates our pathway on this Folktale--and the 'audio view' is spectacular!

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


  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Folktale of Loyalty, Credit: Julia Meek
It's sincerity and single-mindedness at its musical best on this week's true blue Folktale of Loyalty!

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


  • Added: Jun 27, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The Folktale of Family Affairs, Credit: Julia Meek
On this week's edition of Folktales, it's 'the sisters and the cousins to be reckoned up by dozens--and the aunts!'--and it's all relative!

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


  • Added: Jul 10, 2013
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI'S Folktale of the Sound of Summer, Credit: Julia Meek
We're toasting the season at hand on this week's show, so grab a lawn chair, AND a 'summer state of mind' for this warm and wonderful Folktale!

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


  • Added: Oct 18, 2013
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 7
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This week's 'Folktale of Anger' provides a musical look at a most volatile topic, so take a chill pill & join us--or do you want to fight about it?

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


  • Added: Aug 08, 2013
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Folktale of Rivers & Streams, Credit: Julia Meek
It's the course of moving waterways we're following this Folktale--with a wonderful world of music to guide us, so be ready to ford this melodious ...

Bought by WFIU, WLPR , and WFIU


  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week on Folktales, we're courting the do's & don'ts of the dating game--in the finest of musical traditions!

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


  • Added: Oct 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Direction, Credit: Julia Meek
Hard to figure out where in the world you're going? Musical orientation abounds this week on Folktales!

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


  • Added: Aug 15, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
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On this week's Folktale, we're chasing guile, duplicity, and random acts of falsehood around the musical globe--and that's the truth!

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


  • Added: Apr 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Workloads, Credit: Julia Meek
Grab the elbow grease and clock in--this week's Folktale is riding the wheels of production around the globe!

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


  • Added: Aug 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Folktale of Education, Credit: Julia Meek
We're traveling around the world of knowledge on this week's back-to-school edition of Folktales, in the finest of 'musical continuing ed' traditio...

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


  • Added: Sep 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Patience, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a steadfast journey this Folktale makes--around the musical globe--you'll want to join us, because, as they say in many a folkworld, patience ...

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


  • Added: Oct 02, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Redemption, Credit: Julia Meek
This week's Folktale finds us on the quest of reparation, reclamation and second chances around the musical globe--after all--who doesn't want a sh...

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


  • Added: Dec 01, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Solidarity, Credit: Julia Meek
It's group spirit--and strength this Folktale of Solidarity highlights, in the finest of musical traditions!

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


  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Darkness, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a musical world of darkness we're exploring on this edition of Folktales--and you won't need a headlamp to find us!

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


  • Added: Feb 23, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7