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.

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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.' 

WBOI's Folktale of Celestial Harmony
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Week of 11/25 & 11/29: Folktale of Celestial Harmony

“In the sky there are always answers and explanations for everything: every pain, every suffering, joy and confusion.” That’s how Ishmael Beah saw the heavens above us, and this week on Folktales we’re following his perspective with a look around the world of harmonious skies, from every corner of the musical world.

Our astronomical guide, full of wise words and music for the excursion, spans the heavens across the Americas, above Europe, and all the way to Africa, Asia, and India, above and beyond.

Featured musicians include Michael Jonathan, Joyce Fry, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, KelsiCote, Islandica, Inkuyo, Ozzie Kotani, Jamal Porta and more. Hope you can send an hour on the observation deck with us. It’s the Folktale of Celestial Harmony, and the view from here is stellar!

WBOI's Folktale of Heart Strings
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Week of 12/2 & 12/6: Folktale of Heart Strings

"The Heart is but the beach beside the sea that is the world." That's an old Chinese proverb, and a sweet starting point for this week's Folktale. We're setting out on a heart-smart field trip, and ready to gather musical customs, and wise words from around the globe--a journey that takes us through the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

Featured artists this week include Megan King, Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy & D.L. Menard, Rondo Segoviana, Inkuyo, Muriel Mwamba, Armik, Sam Cooke and more. We hope you can join us. As they say, it's the best gifts that are tied with heartstrings!

WBOI's Folktale of Generocity
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Week of 12/9 & 12/13: Folktale of Generosity

“If you can live with less of what you have, you can be more of who you are.”  That’s a thoughtful reflection from American Rabbi, Celso Cukierkorn, and the entryway into this week’s edition of Folktales. We’re tracking daily kindnesses of every shape and size around the musical globe, on a heartfelt journey that encompasses the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, and beyond.

Our featured musicians include Leonard Cohen, Ginger Boatwright, Moya Brennan & the Chieftains, Freyda, Inkuyo, Machanic Manyeruke, Te Vaka, William Eaton and more. We do hope you can join us for this powerful give and take.