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 Caution
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Week of 5/5 & 5/9: Folktale of Caution

“Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.” That bit of cautionary advice comes from Robert Frost, and opens the door to Pandora’s Box, you might say, for musical reminders of what may happen if you don’t heed those wise words.

We're armed with musical protection, and sage advice this edition of Folktales, as we travel the Americas, Europe and Africa, and hopping a few islands along the way. Featured artists are The Jug Huffers, John Whelan & Friends, Bob Dylan, the Louisiana Swamp Cats, Mary Youngblood, the Robin Nolan Trio, Joe Euro and more.

So: Buyers—and listeners-- beware! You don’t know what’s around that next corner, so look both ways, watch your backs, and join us for this red-flagged Folktale of Caution!

WBOI's Folktale of Gardening
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Week of 5/12 & 5/16: Folktale of Gardening

“You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.” Now we don’t know who said that, but this edition of Folktales, we’re testing the soil—and that theory with a listen to horticulturally delightful music from around the globe--tending fruit, flower & veggie plots in the Americas, Europe, Asia and India.

Our featured artists include Vassar Clements, John Hartford & Dave Holland, Kelly Mulhollan, Joemy Wilson, Ensemble de Recka, Angela Jui Lee, William Eaton, Ana Rita Simonka and more. So--if you’re looking for a world of great growing tips, be sure to gather round the radio for this two (green) thumbs up Folktale!

WBOI's Folktale of Mystery
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Week of 5/19 & 5/23: Folktale of Mystery

According to young adult novelist, Nova Ren Suma, “The story you choose to tell isn't always the story you believe.” That makes for a suspenseful outcome, no matter how you tell the folktale, and that’s what this week’s show is all about. We’re following cliff-hangers, conundrums and various perplexities around the world of music, and our clues will have us chasing through the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Near East.

Musical spotlights will be cast on John smith, Iris Dement, Peter Cooper, Loreena McKennitt, Mickey Hart, Dr. Didge, Oliver Mtukudzi and more. We're going to get to the bottom of this no matter what, so if you’re wondering whodunit, hear for yourself on this Folktale of Mystery.