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He’s a serial killer, but we root for him. Midmorning looks at the allure of the anti-hero.

Here’s your chance to catch up on the arts stories broadcast on MPR this week, including in studio performances by Adam Levy and Dawes:

Why do we love anti-heroes?

From Don Draper to Lisbeth Salander, deeply flawed and un-heroic characters abound in TV, film, and literature. Why do we love anti-heroes, and what does it say about us?

Student play helps foster communication between cops and kids

Some high school students from north Minneapolis have been working with Minneapolis police officers on an unusual partnership.

Folk musician KT Tunstall reinvents herself

After producing such hits as “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See,” folk Scottish singer KT Tunstall disappeared for a while. Now she’s back with a new band, a new album and a new style.

Dawes perform live in The Current studio

This quartet of college-aged guys from California play nicely tinged Southern-style rock and have already made their television debut and played the First Ave mainroom on the strength of just one album. They’re obviously doing something right, and their hearts are 100% in the sound they create.

Reviving the great American songbook

Songwriter and musician Adam Levy is exploring the great American Songbook, a collection of songs created between 1925 and 1960 that he believes shapes our notions of American music.

Art Hounds

A play that delves into the rigors and rewards of raising a child with autism, a photographer who makes eerie collages that look like blueprints, and a Hitchcock spoof at the Guthrie are all grabbing the hounds attention this week.

Two films tackling tough subjects

Conversations with Davis Guggenheim about his new documentary on public education, “Waiting for Superman,” and with author Sebastian Junger about “Restrepo,” a documentary he directed on the war in Afghanistan.

Dinner Party Download with guest Huey Lewis

The guest of honor on this edition of Dinner Party Download is pop singer Huey Lewis. Rico Gagliano talks to Lewis about his soul roots, his band’s original name, and the hard-rock legend from whom he copped his clothes.

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