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The Many Talents of Andrew Bird

With a penchant for constantly reinventing his sound, Andrew Bird is an unusual combination of songwriter, violinist, guitarist, vocalist and professional whistler. On The Mysterious Production of Eggs, he plays virtually every instrument but the drums.

After a year on the road with such artists as the Magnetic Fields, My Morning Jacket, Lambchop and Ani DiFranco, the Chicago musician will tour Europe later this spring.

Bird tells Liane Hansen about the new CD, which is flavored by the marvelous illustrations of artist Jay Ryan, who puts a comic and sometimes cryptic face on Bird's lyrics.

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Liane Hansen
Liane Hansen has been the host of NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday for 20 years. She brings to her position an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including work as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host at both the local and national level. The program has covered such breaking news stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbia shuttle tragedy. In 2004, Liane was granted an exclusive interview with former weapons inspector David Kay prior to his report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The show also won the James Beard award for best radio program on food for a report on SPAM.