Folktales

Saturdays and Wednesdays at 8:00pm on 89.1 WBOI

Julia Meek hosts this entertaining & topical tour of the musical folkworld twice weekly, so climb aboard and enjoy the ride! To visit the Folktales facebook page, click here. View playlists here.

Northeast Indiana Public Radio WBOI is located in Fort Wayne, and you can find Julia Meek's Folktales every Saturday and Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. (EDT) on 89.1fm, or listen online at the WBOI website from anywhere in the world.

Julia Meek-Host of Folktales
Credit Dave West

We are also proud to share our weekly Folktales with these fellow Hoosier public stations: 

Over in northwest Indiana and the Chicago area, on Merrillville's Lakeshore Public Radio, all of you late night radio heads will be happy to hear that the episodes listed below can be heard early Thursday mornings, at 1:00 a.m. (CDT) on 89.1fm on that area's dial, or listen online at the WLRP website from anywhere in the world. 

WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana also carries the episodes listed below, and can also be heard Saturday nights. They air at 10:00p.m (EDT) on 103.7fm, and in Columbus at 100.7fm, French Lick/West Baden at 101.7, Greensburg at 98.9, Kokomo at 106.1 and Terre Haute at 95.1. You can also listen online at the WFIU website (on WFIU1) from anywhere in the world.  

The dates in the listing below are for WBOI's broadcasts, which you can hear right here from our website, just click the 'Listen Live' Button on the home page, and then choose 'WBOI.' 

Week of 4/8 & 4/12: Folktale of Sacred Ground

WBOI's Folktale of Sacred Ground
Credit Julia Meek

As Emerson observed: To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine." On this edition of Folktales, we're visiting hallowed spaces--and graces--around the world of musical customs, from American heartlands, through Europe, the near east, Asia and Africa.

Featured musicians include Magical Strings, Ellen Jewell, Zohar Ali Akbar Khan, Obo Addy, the Soweto Gospel Choir and more.

So keep the faith--and do give a listen!

Week of 4/15 & 4/19: Folktale of Yearning

WBOI's Folktale of Yearning
Credit Julia Meek

"Restriction generates yearning. You want what you cannot have." That's how actress & philanthropist Portia de Rossi sees it. And this week on Folktales, we're following those illusive itches, longings and yens around the musical globe. It's a passionate journey that takes us through the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and beyond, into folkworlds old and new.

Featured artists include 2CELLOS, Harry McClintock, Sasun Folk Group, KelsiCote, R. Carlos Nakai & Keola Beamer, Paul Whitehead, Jethro Tull and more.

So if you have a hunger that can't be satisfied, let the Folktale of Yearning help you find and fill it.

Week of 4/22 & 4/26: Folktale of Rainfall

WBOI's Folktale of Rainfall
Credit Julia Meek

As they say in Fiji, "Life is like this: Sometimes sun, sometimes rain." It's the latter weather pattern we're observing on this Folktale of Rainfall, storm-chasing our way, you might say, through the finest of musical traditions & wise words, across the Americas, Europe, Africa, the South Pacific and beyond.

Featured artist include Bob Dylan, Jessica Harper, Ruth Barrett & Cyntia Smith, Tim R. Crawford & Paul Stavenjord, Moses Kahumoku, Leonel Almeida, The Temptations and more.

Stay dry and join us for this 'puddle jumpin' folktour.