Folktales

Saturdays and Wednesdays at 8:00pm (ET) on 89.1 WBOI or listen online at wboi.org

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: 

WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana carries the episodes listed below, and they can be heard on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 (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; just click the 'Listen Live' Button on the home page, and choose 'WBOI.' You can also listen from your WBOI App.

WBOI's Folktale of Golden Slumbers
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January 11th & 15th: Folktale of Golden Slumbers

"Oh sleep! It is a gentle thing, beloved from pole to pole!" Samuel Taylor Coleridge said it, and that's the 'pillow talk' this Folktale chases around the musical globe, with sleep songs, cradle melodies, dreamscapes and 'quotational' sleep aids from bedtimes far and near--including American, European, Asian and African musical modes.

Featured artists include Kim Robertson, Liz Knowles, Elle/The Remnant, Lettstick Band, Liu Xing, Anindo, and of course, the Beatles. So say calm...and be ready to ease into our musically mesmerizing folkworld of Golden Slumbers.

WBOI's Folktale of the Silver Screen
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January 18th & 22nd: Folktale of the Silver Screen

Here’s a reflection from actor Will Smith: “For me, there is nothing more valuable than how people feel in a movie theater about a movie.” Let's face it - in our folkworld, movies are the folktales of the pop-cultured, and this week, we’re celebrating the magic of the music of those movie moments, enjoying slices of life we’ve grown to love from the wide world of movies we’ve enjoyed. 

Our travels take us through our own United States, across Europe, and to Africa, Asia & beyond—with musical offerings from the Cult Film world, the Coen Brothers, Disney, and an assortment of blockbusters, documentaries & indie's. Grab those refreshments, and then grab a seat, because this week, we're going to the movies on the Folktale of The Silver Screen.

WBOI's Folktale of Understanding
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January 25th & 29th: Folktale of Understanding

If life has you scratching your head trying to figure out what it's all about, take a tip from Friedrich Nietzsche: “Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight to you.” Then take a listen to this edition of Folktales, as we travel the world of musical customs and wide words on the topic that should make things crystal clear.

We'll be traveling the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia for this enlightenment, and our musical acts include Todd Phillipps, The Wailin' Jennys, Grupo Aymara, Pierre Bensusan and more. Do you get my drift? As Nietzshe also pointed out, “If you know the why, you can live any how.”