S. Carey played at the cave this past Thursday, and we (KRLX & the 'tonian) got to sit down and chat with him for a few minutes after the show. Here's a chunk of the transcript
Sam Keyes (KRLX): To start it off - can we hear more about your band, and how S. Carey has evolved from what you had initially intended it to be?
Sean Carey: I guess when I started, it was just an outlet for me to write my own songs and really had no expectations about where it would go and what it would be. For the first record, I assembled these guys - not all of 'em, but 3 of 'em - and we went out and toured for about a year. During that, we had a different bugle player with us... we had a clarinetest play with us for a week... and we had Ben, the guy on pedal-steel come and play. Mikey, a guy from Bon Iver came to play viola with us. But anyway, it turned into the 5 of us that became the core group. For the new record, I used them on the recording a lot and it was much more of a "band thing." I would come in with a song, just bare-bones chords, melody and lyrics, and we'd all do the arrangements together.
Last week, News Director Max Esslinger sat down for an exclusive KRLX interview with visiting speaker Stephen M. Walt about his work as a celebrated international relations scholar, author, and public intellectual. The transcript of their in-depth conversation, edited for length and clarity, is reproduced below.
KRLX: Foreign Policy, to which you contribute, is outspoken in its criticism of the president’s handling of foreign policy? Yet, in fixating on the president, is there a risk of overlooking more systemic shortcomings in the way the United States engages in foreign affairs?
Professor Walt: It does seem that there is a natural tendency in American politics to assign almost complete responsibility for foreign policy decisions to the person who happens to be in the Oval Office at a given point in time. And I think that we miss a lot by giving presidents either all the credit or all the blame, for a number of reasons. Firstly, this focus on the president ignores the fact that there is pretty strong bipartisan consensus on much of American foreign policy—the disagreements between Republicans and Democrats in this regard are really not that significant. The fact that most Democrats supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq is a pretty good example of this. Secondly, the president only controls the very highest levels of the foreign policy bureaucracy. The rest of this vast establishment does not change when the presidency switches from Democratic control to Republican control or vice versa. And it is this establishment, and its ability to constrain the president’s options in various ways, that partly explains why there is so much continuity between Barack Obama and his predecessors when it comes to foreign policy.Read more...
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