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

128 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Folktale of The Insect World, Credit: Julia Meek
There MAY be bugs on some of you slugs--hope you'll join us for a musical inspection this week on the Folktale of the Insect World!

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


  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Rainfall, Credit: Julia Meek
From drought, to drizzle, to deluge precipitation is an ancient key--or curse--to a folkworld's prosperity. That's the chart this week's Folktale i...

Bought by WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Aug 01, 2012
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 4
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Ever suffer a 'brain cloud' as"Joe vs. the Volcano" did? Fear not--you're in good company--and on this week's show, you'll learn how to turn the cl...

Bought by WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, WLPR, and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Oct 24, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Jealousy, Credit: Julia Meek
As they say in Danish folktales, if envy were a fever, all the world would be ill. That's the medical malady we're tracking on this week's folktale...

Bought by WLPR, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Nov 01, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WBOI's Folktale of Imagination, Credit: Julia Meek
Suspend your disbelief for an hour, and join us for this most musically imaginative Folktale!

Bought by WFIU, WLPR, WLPR, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 02, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 4
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You can't stand up to the night until you understand what's hiding in its shadows. For a musical guide to these nocturnal mysteries, join us this w...

Bought by WFIU, WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, KFOK-LPFM and more


  • Added: Aug 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 6
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 WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 05, 2012
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 4
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 WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 4
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 WLPR, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 29, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
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 WLPR, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
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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 WLPR, WFIU, WFIU, WLPR, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 25, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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 WLPR, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Nov 21, 2012
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 3
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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 WFIU, KCMJ Community Radio, KHEN-LP, WRGY, WNMU-FM and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2012
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 9
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 WLPR, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Nov 30, 2012
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
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 WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, WFIU, and WNJR


  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
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 WLPR, WFIU, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 28, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 3
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 WLPR, KCMJ Community Radio, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Jan 12, 2016
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 4
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 WLPR, WFIU, and WLPR


  • Added: Jul 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 3
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 WLPR, WFIU, WFIU, WLPR, and 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Jan 31, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:00
  • Purchases: 5
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 WLPR, WFIU, WLPR, and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jan 25, 2013
  • Length: 01:00:11
  • Purchases: 4