Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.

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Arts & Culture
4:25 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Inspiration Through Music: An Interview with Hope Arthur and Lauren Tourkow

Hope Arthur and Lauren Tourkow gain empowerment through their music, and are proud to be performing for Fort Wayne's International Women's Day Celebration.
Credit Bonnie Tobey Manning

International Women's Day is held each year on March 8th to celebrate and encourage the achievements of women around the world.

It's a time for women of all ages to inspire--and be inspired--and here in Fort Wayne, festivities include a day of interactive artistic performances hosted by Creative Women of the World.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Spinning a Tale: An Interview with Storyteller Condra Ridley

Storyteller Condra Ridley feels that when we understand a person's story, we understand who they are.
Credit Courtesy/Frost Illustrated

Storytelling is a fine art, and some say a lost one. But right here in Fort Wayne, Condra Ridley has been plying that craft for nearly three decades, to the delight of young and old alike.

Getting her start while serving as assistant manager at the Pontiac Branch library, Ridley views sharing a story as an opportunity to pull people together for a journey, without even leaving the room.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Fort Wayne Rapper Goes with the Flow in L.A.

Rapper and Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel (aka Nyzzy Nyce) has turned his passion into a career, and expanded his fan base to a national level.
Credit Courtesy / Alex Smith

Back in 2012, Fort Wayne native DeAngelo Samuel took part in a collaborative music project called HipHop4theCity, writing and recording the chorus for the resulting song and music video.

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Arts & Culture
5:49 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Embassy Theatre Creates a Midwinter Music Fest with "Down the Line 9"

Down the Line 9's two-night playbill showcases Wayward Son, Grateful Groove, James & the Drifters, Kat Bowser, Good Night Gracie and more covering their favorite legendary musicians.
Credit Courtesy / Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre's "Down the Line" concert series returns this Friday, and by popular demand, they're changing it up, doubling down, and making it a full two-night, ten-band music festival featuring "Locals Doing Legends."

Featuring covers of classic rock, country, funk, new age, alternative music and more, "Down the Line 9" promises something for everyone, and Marketing Director Barb Richards says the unexpected is just what to expect.

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Ninety Years Young: An Interview with Fort Wayne Artists Betty Fishman & Sue McCullough

Fort Wayne artists Sue McCullough and Betty Fishman enjoying the opening reception for their "90 Years Young" Exhibit at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke.
Credit Courtesy/Crestwoods Gallery

Fort Wayne takes pride in its vibrant arts community, and this month, the works of two legendary artists, Betty Fishman and Sue McCullough are being celebrated at Crestwoods Gallery in Roanoke, in an exhibit appropriately titled "Ninety Years Young."

The show features paintings, drawings, prints, fiber arts and weavings from their personal collections.

Eager to learn what has fueled their artistic passions, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Fishman and McCullough into the Madge Rothschild studios to discuss their experiences.

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Arts & Culture
1:45 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Drawing the Laughs: An Interview with Fort Wayne Cartoonist Steve Smeltzer

Fort Wayne cartoonist Steve Smeltzer says he actually thinks in cartoons, and naturally relates to life in a fun way.
Credit Courtesy / Steve Smeltzer

Cartooning is a tricky medium, and with fewer and fewer print outlets running daily strips, it’s a competitive one as well.

But for those with talent, drive, and a good sense of humor, cartooning can provide an outlet for comedy unlike any other.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Romancing the Stone: A Guide to Gems and Jewelry

Gemologist Shannon Thorpe believes that gemstones speak the language of love, and preserve those memories forever.
Credit Courtesy/Shannon Thorpe

With Valentine's Day directly ahead of us, it seems like love really does make the world go round, and surveys indicate that nearly 55 percent of Americans expect to be celebrating it this year.

But here's the burning question: With so many traditional options to choose from, what do we pick to best express our feelings...and why do we pick it?

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Arts & Culture
4:03 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

IPFW's Student-Run Restaurant Serves Up a Taste of Poland

IPFW's John Niser instructs Hospitality Management Program seniors on the art of modern Polish cuisine for their new pop-up restaurant, "Plock Tavern."
Credit Courtesy/Dr. John Niser

Each semester, IPFW Hospitality Management Seniors open a pop-up restaurant in the campus Holiday Inn's Mastodon Grill.

This term, in honor of Fort Wayne's 25th anniversary with its Sister City of Plock, Poland, they've created signature dishes showcasing modern polish cuisine, and they're calling their place "Plock Tavern."

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Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Fort Wayne Youtheatre Premiere Remembers Ryan White

Gregory Stieber's new Fort Wayne Youtheatre drama brings young Hoosier AIDS activist, Ryan White's story alive at the Auer Center Black Box Theatre.
Credit Courtesy/Fort Wayne Youtheatre

Thirty years ago, middle-school student and AIDS patient, Ryan White, was denied an education in Kokomo, Indiana, and what transpired became a saga heard around the world.

This weekend, that story and its message are honored through "The Kid from Kokomo: The Ryan White Story", an original Fort Wayne Youtheatre premiere, written and directed by Gregory Stieber.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Stieber to share some of his motives and methods for preserving White's legacy.

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Arts & Culture
5:53 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Dance Theatre of Harlem's History Comes Alive in FWMoA Exhibit

FWMoA's "Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of 1sts" Exhibit shares the troupe's rich history through photos, videos, costumes, set pieces, posters and show ephemera.
Credit Courtesy/Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is offering the public a unique experience with their latest exhibit, "Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts."

Digging deep into the troupe's archives, this multi-media tour engages art, dance, theater and history lovers alike.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with FWMoA Deputy Director Amanda Martin and Karen Gibbons-Brown from the Fort Wayne Ballet to discuss the impact of this many-faceted exhibit.

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