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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

111 Pieces

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Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Solitude, Credit: Julia Meek
Alone again and liking it? In this fast-paced world, seclusion may be hard to find--that's what this week's Folktale is all about.

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


  • Added: Feb 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of The Silver Screen, Credit: Julia
It's Lights! Camera! Action! AND music, this edition, as we travel the globe for slices of life from the film world that tell an especially fine Fo...

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio and WFIU


  • Added: Nov 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Greetings!, Credit: Julia Meek
Hey there! It's Salutations, regards, and warm welcomes we're distributing this episode--so expect a most musical reception, on this Folktale of Gr...

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


  • Added: Nov 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Reflection, Credit: Julia Meek
We're meandering along a wellspring of musical musings this week on our Folktale of Reflection--hope you can join us.

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


  • Added: Aug 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Stormy Weather, Credit: Julia Meek
It's clouding up this week on Folktales, and the silver lining we're seeking is a world of good music devoted to Stormy Weather!

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


  • Added: Jul 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Transportation, Credit: Julia Meek
On this week's episode, we're on the go, and test-driving a world of good music, so buckle up and get moving! We're ready to roll, with the Folktal...

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


  • Added: Jun 24, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Superlatives, Credit: Julia Meek
We all want the "bests' in life, and this week's Folktale is heading for the musical summit--we challenge you can step up to the plate with this "S...

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


  • Added: May 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Springtime, Credit: Julia Meek
We're definitely springing into the season, this edition of Folktales--with Mother Nature as our musical guide! Hope you are in the mood to be goin...

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


  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Caring and Comfort, Credit: Julia Meek
"Healing the hurt" is an ancient and universal custom--well preserved in the finest of musical traditions. Hear how it works on our Folktale of Car...

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


  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Going Nowhere, Credit: Julia Meek
A dead-end street is a good place to turn around--and that's the musical direction this week's edition of Folktales is headed--ready to follow along?

Bought by WFIU, WLPR, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Apr 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Disagreement, Credit: Julia Meek
If you think life is one big happy ball of consensus, on this week's Folktale of Disagreement, we choose to differ!

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


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folkale of Relationships, Credit: Julia Meek
According to Nietzsche, "Invisible threads are the strongest ties"--hear where they lead and what they sound like on this week's Folktale of Relati...

Bought by WLPR, WFIU, and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Mar 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Shadows, Credit: Julia Meek
“There are moments when we all step away from the light," says author Gume Laurel III, and this week's Folktale of Shadows will show you what that ...

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


  • Added: Jan 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Cover Songs, Credit: Julia Meek
This week, our faders are primed and beats matched for a chart-topping Folktale of Cover Songs! Better tune in, if you catch my riff?

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


  • Added: Jan 04, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Father Christmas, Credit: Julia Meek
Ho Ho Ho! “Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles”--and this edition of Folktales, it’s everyone’s favorite ‘jolly old el...

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


  • Added: Dec 14, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Fashion Statements, Credit: Julia Meek
As Isaac Bashevis Singer observed: "What a strange power there is in clothing." Hear for yourself this week on the Folktale of Fashion Statements.

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


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Folktale of Tranquility, Credit: Julia Meek
As they say in Russia, the calmer you go, the further along you will be. We're hoping that'll get you all the way to this week's Folktale of Tranqu...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KPIP-LP, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WLPR, KCMJ Community Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Folktale of Regrets, Credit: Julia Meek
Some folks say that regretting the past is like chasing the wind, and this week on Folktales, we have a world of music to prove it!

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


  • Added: Sep 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Caution, Credit: Julia Meek
Beware! we foresee obstacles, danger and pitfalls around every bend--so do consider musical prevention, with a listen to the Folktale of Caution

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


  • Added: Oct 19, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Travel Lodging, Credit: Julia Meek
Where to lay one's weary head while 'on the road' is something to think about, and we're adding it to this Folktale's musical itinerary! Make your ...

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


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 5