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 Lullabies, Credit: Julia Meek
Sweet dreams are everyone's nocturnal ambition, and on this week's Folktale, we're traveling the world of golden slumbers to get you in the mood!

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


  • Added: Jul 27, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Financial Affairs, Credit: Julia Meek
This week on Folktales, it's a world of finance we're investing in, through a most musical rate of exchange--you can bank on it!

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


  • Added: Apr 19, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Giving Thanks, Credit: Julia Meek
Gratitude IS the best attitude--and this week on Folktales, we're tracking this theory around the musical globe, with the Folktale of Giving Thanks.

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


  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Angels, Credit: Julia Meek
It's a celestial assortment of divinely inspired music from around the globe on this week's show--hope you can join us for the "Folktale of Angels"!

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


  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Folktale of The Road to Perdition, Credit: Julia Meek
It's fire and brimstone lighting our way this week on Folktales, with a Stygian batch of netherworldly music to share--hope you can join us for an ...

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


  • Added: Sep 08, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
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"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind"--that's Gandhi's wise signal for a peaceable world, and points us in the direction of this...

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


  • Added: Jan 17, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Cabin Fever, Credit: Julia Meek
Got a case of seasonal stir crazies? Feeling those Snowbelt blues? An hour of over-the-radio musical medicine is being dispensed this week on the F...

Bought by WFIU, WFIU, WLPR , WLPR , WFIU and more


  • Added: Feb 20, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Grace, Credit: Julia Meek
Ah, grace...it's a state we'd all like to be in, and a trait we can't ever get enough of--this week on Folktales, we're translating that sentiment ...

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


  • Added: Mar 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Birdsong, Credit: Julia Meek
We're welcoming spring time this edition of Folktales, sharing 'tweets & twitters' of a MOST ornithological variety!

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


  • Added: Apr 04, 2014
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 8
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It's setbacks, hard knocks and obstacles of every sort we deal w/ on this Folktale of Misfortune--in the finest of musical perspectives. Ready for ...

Bought by WFIU, WLPR , and WFIU


  • Added: Nov 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
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It's a universal belief that "travel broadens the mind," so we're adding music to your itinerary this week, with an hour of Folktales adventure on ...

Bought by WLPR and WFIU


  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of the Afterlife, Credit: Julia Meek
Let's face it--that 'final passage' is the most difficult stage of life for 'the departed' AND the loved ones left behind--and it's that road we tr...

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


  • Added: Feb 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
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...

Bought by WFIU, WLPR , WFIU, WFIU, KRZA and more


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

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


  • Added: Aug 17, 2016
  • 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
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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...

Bought by WFIU, 'The Sea', WFIU, WLPR , WFIU and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 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.

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


  • Added: Jun 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 6