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 Memories
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September 8th & 12th: Folktale of Memories

“Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” That's how Saul Bellow put it, and this week on Folktales, we're traveling the world of musical customs to reflect on just what and where our fondest reflections represent. Armed with wise words and a memory log of traditions old and new, we're ready for recall as we tour the Americas, Europe, Africa, Arabia, the South Pacific, and Asia.

Our featured artists include Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Eileen Jewell, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ray Kane, Conrad Praetzel, Malcolm Dalglish and more. It's flashbacks we're carrying forward, and you're all encouraged to join us for a most musical walk down memory lane.

WBOI's Folktale of Education
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September 15th & 19th: Folktale of Education

As they say in China: "Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” So be sure to take notes this week, as we follow that lesson around the globe with musical traditions and words of wisdom from all around the Americas, into Europe, and on to Asia & Africa. 

Featured musicians are John McCutcheon, Tim O'Brien, the Banans Slug String Band, Luka Sulic & Stjepan Hauser, the Alabama Blues Project, Friketel and more. Pencils sharpened? Then take note: It's the readin', writin', 'rithmeticin' Folktale of Education.

WBOI's Folktale of Gatherings
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September 22nd & 26th: Folktale of Gatherings

As they say in many a folkworld, "Most cherished moments happen when friends and family gather together," and that's what this episode of Folktales is all about. Armed with musical tradition and wise words, we're traveling through the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Far East, in search of socials, shindigs, musters, meetings and more, that speak to the communal side of living and celebrating life.

Our featured musicians include Eric Brace & Karl Straub, Tony Ellis, the Swingbillies, Barry Phillips, Inkuyo, David Fanshawe, Mickey Hart, Bholoja, Kamal and more, so get ready to rally, because you are cordially invited to join us for the Folktale of Gatherings.