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 5/6 & 5/10: Folktale of Backroads

WBOI's Folktale of Backroads
Credit Julia Meek

According to William Blake, "Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvements are the roads of genius". Outfitted with wise words and a back pack of musical customs for the occasion, it's those vistas we're traveling-- through the Americas, across Europe and Africa, then beyond.

Our musical points of interest will be provided by Liz Knowles, Allison Krauss & Union Station, Roger Eno, Pasqual Lejeune, Marimba Chapinlandia, Jungle-Bhangra, Sweet Honey in the Rock, the Beatles and more.

So lace up those walking shoes, we're veering off the beaten path, right into a world of good music!

Week of 5/13 & 5/17: Folktale of Motherhood

WBOI's Folktale of Motherhood
Credit Julia Meek

As Mitch Albom notes, "There's a story behind everything, but behind all your stories is always your mother's story--because hers is where yours begins." That's our story on this weeks special Mothers Day edition, w/a global tour of musical traditions and wise words across the Americas, through Europe and into Asia, Africa, Australia & India.

Featured artists include Ken Kolodner, Barry Phillips, Iris DeMent, Molly Brogan & The Distractions, Perry Silverbird, Tenores di Bitti, Keola Beamer & R. Carlos Nakai and more.

Enjoy your own day of celebration with--or as a mom and be sure to catch this special tribute!

Week of 5/20 & 5/24: Folktale of Spring Beauties

WBOI's Folktale of Spring Beauties
Credit Julia Meek

As well we remember, thanks to Thomas Tusser's observation: "Sweet April showers do spring May flowers." And this week on Folktales, it's bountiful blossoms and a bevy of beauties we'll be meeting and greeting, as we travel the world of musical customs and sayings that celebrate and toast this season of love, hope, youth and growth.

Our featured artists include Slavek Hanslik, Michael Hedges, Joanne Shenandoah & Peter Kater, Robert Nance, Tenores do Bitti, Inkuyo, J. Donald Walters, KelsiCote and more.

From wetland to woods to mountain top, we're running on flower power, and hope you can join in the seasonal fun.