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A Web Of Notes: Violinist Uses Spider Silk

Guest host Linda Wertheimer reports on a Japanese researcher who has used spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.

Andrew Bird's World Of Wit, Whimsy And Whistling

The new album Break It Yourself continues the balancing act that Bird has carried on for much of his career: celebratory, upbeat music paired with lyrics that drip with heavy subject matter.

Far From Fading, Mexico's Son Huasteco Style Flares

More than 40 years ago, four friends — three scientists and one musician — went to the Huasteca region in Northeastern Mexico in search of music they wanted to record for their own enjoyment. Now, some of that work has been released on a two-CD compilation titled El Gusto.

Zieti: Amid Brutal Conflict, A Musical Friendship Survives

The afropop ensemble formed when two American expats met two Ivorian musicians in the late 1990s. Separated for a decade by civil war in Ivory Coast, the group has reassembled to record its lost songs.

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Hooked On Old-Time Sounds

Singer Rhiannon Giddens was classically trained, but says she's been in love with string- and jug-band music since she first started going to contra dances.

Anthony Hopkins Lives Out A Long-Deferred Musical Dream

The Oscar winner, who first began writing music more than 50 years ago, has just released an album of original classical compositions.