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Up top, the WRC/NBC/Channel 4 news anchor dream team: George Michael, Arch Campbell, Jim Vance and Bob Ryan. Photographed at Nathans when George appeared for a Q&A Cafe interview (photo at the bottom). And Vance just being Vance. He also did a Q&A, appearing with his chief anchor competitor, Gordon Peterson of WUSA/CBS. (their respect for each other was apparent). And worth mentioning, Bob Ryan did one, too. Arch, obviously, is due his own. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CarolJoynt.com
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WITH TUCKER CARLSON AFTER OUR INTERVIEW IN NATHANS BACK ROOM. We're back from a week off and ready to resume daily postings from The Q&A Cafe archives. Our last series was chef interviews. Now we'll switch to media interviews. There have been so many and going back to the start of the program, even before it was on TV, which is why, sadly, my interviews with Art Buchwald, Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, and Christopher Hitchens are not recorded. I have an audio recording of Tim, but that is all. Nonetheless, there's a trove of interviews with broadcast anchors and print... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at CarolJoynt.com
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It was May and we were freezing! I love this pic from my Q&A Cafe interview with Patrick O'Connell, founder, chef and owner of The Inn at Little Washington. We go so far back that Patrick once confessed he sat behind my older sister, Susan, in high school in Camp Springs, MD. The journey of life brought us together years later and a lasting friendship formed. Patrick and his then-partner Rinehardt Lynch were the witnesses when Howard Joynt and I married in Upperville, VA, and both are godparents to our son, Spencer. It goes on and on, but most of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Daniel Boulud started his culinary path on the family farm outside Lyon, France, cooking with his grandmother and other family members, and then as a teenager working his way into the kitchen of a legendary chef. Today he owns restaurants all over the globe, including DBGB DC in downtown Washington. The singular mothership, though, is Restaurant Daniel on Upper East Side of NYC, a transcendent dining experience from "soup to nuts," as they said an earlier century. He masterfully combines that kind of old world heritage with a uniquely modern vibe in the room and on the plate. We talked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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(This pic makes me giggle, as it reveals how I felt about having Eric Ripert as a guest on the show!) Have you been to Le Bernardin? Well, if you haven't yet, make a reservation now and go! Either way, please watch this interview with chef Eric Ripert, which we taped in 2012, during the years The Q&A Cafe was based at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown. I remember it as such a fun, light, happy and interesting conversation about one of my favorite subjects: food. I was intrigued also by his being a Buddhist. Talented, friendly, smart....on and on. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's the weekend and so let's talk fine food! For the next few days we will go to the archives for chef interviews, beginning today with this conversation with master chef Eric Ziebold, owner and chef of Kinship and Metier. While I usually tape The Q&A Cafe before an audience, we did this interview in the empty and quiet upstairs Kinship bar. July 2016. Eric and I first met when he became chef at the acclaimed CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental. The acclaim continues with the new venture he oversees with Celia Laurent, his wife. Kinship and Metier are a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Damn! I can't find the date for this interview, but since it is at Nathans it happened before July 2009, when we closed. Ted Leonsis was a Nathans regular but we didn't know each other. I reached out to him the old-fashioned way, through email. He started right off with his Nathans stories and that was a delight. But he is a sports powerhouse in Washington and that was the thread of the interview. Over the years we've had a lot of sports figures appear for a Q&A Cafe interview: Fred Smith, Dan Snyder, John Riggins, Mark Ein, Stan Kasten,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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This past weekend, Tommy Pavlick married his long-time love Chrysovalantis Kefalas. Tommy is better known as "Tommy McFly," the popular morning drive host of "The Tommy Show" on CBS's 94.7 Fresh FM. I'm pulling this interview from the archives to mark the happy occasion for Tommy and Chris. I first met Tommy back in 2007 or so when I first started writing a diary of social commentary for New York Social Diary. We'd run into each other here and there around town. It was an instant liking and friendship. Coincidentally, several years later, I ran into them both at The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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We taped this Q&A Cafe with George Stephanopoulos soon after the economic collapse of September 2008. It meant a lot to have him as a guest, as we were/are friends - dating back to the Clinton campaign - and also because I had worked for "This Week" when it was known simply as "the Brinkley show," as the guest producer/aka booker. His memoir of working with Bill and Hillary Clinton, All Too Human, remains one of my favorite political books. Interestingly, mid-interview, George received a phone call he had to take. It was the White House, I think. We stopped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Simon van Kempen, on the right above, is unique in the Real Housewives universe as during the few seasons his wife, Alex McCord, starred in "Real Housewives of New York" he became a central character (one of the first husbands to do that), and was also quite controversial. He came to Washington to appear on The Q&A Cafe just as Bravo announced production of the "Real Housewives of Washington." In the photo we are joined by two members of that soon to be notorious cast, Paul Wharton on and Mary Amons, but in fairness to Paul and Mary the notoriety... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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We were in our 7th year of The Q&A Cafe when Lt. Andy Baldwin came in for an interview. This was not long after his run as the star of the 10th season of "The Bachelor." His arc was called "An Officer and a Gentleman." To hear Andy tell it, this was an experience he would not soon -- if ever -- want to repeat. Since we remained friends I can say he continues to feel that way, as now Commander Baldwin his career in the Navy has flourished. The audience was filled with his fans, and we had some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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This is a particular favorite Q&A, because it embodied everything the show is about: interesting and compelling individuals, notable in their own right, but compounded by coming together. That of course is an understatement here, because the bringing together was the Bradlee family -- Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and their son Quinn Bradlee, on the occasion of the publication of his own memoir. Trust me, there is no other interview like this of Bradlee family. And I think they enjoyed it, too. You will, for sure. It is provocative, revealing and at times outrageous. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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My passion project for the summer is to revisit old Q&A Cafe interviews, give them another moment in the spotlight. There are more than 400, and thus plenty to fill the nights between now and Labor Day. The selections are random. All the interviews are special. We start with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein. His is an amazing story. I'm glad I had the opportunity to hear him tell it. This was taped in June 2012 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, our home for a few years after closing Nathans. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Jim Graham and I did not know each other until a crisis happened, which is what makes this story exemplary and memorable. It goes back to when I first inherited Nathans, and all the legal troubles that ensued. Chief among my goals was saving Nathans, a goal not be as simple as you'd think. After a year of fighting the IRS, I won that struggle and was awarded "innocent spouse" status, which meant I could keep the business. However, there was one very big local legal barrier in my path -- something known as the Georgetown Liquor License Moratorium, designed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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White House reporter April Ryan came to the Q&A Cafe with a lot on her mind -- about covering the Trump administration, dealing with press secretary Sean Spicer, the astonishing level of leaks, becoming a household name, and life in general. Its all here in our 45 minute interview, now on YouTube. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Don't miss our last Q&A Cafe of the season, an interview with Sally Befell Smith about her biography of Prince Charles. Friday June 16, lunchtime, at The George Town Club. Seating will begin at 11:30, full lunch served, dessert from Georgetown Cupcake. $35. For reservations please call Joe at 202-333-9330. Or send Joe an email. For more about Sally's book, from The New Yorker please click here; from the New York Times click here; and from The Washington Post click here. And for more about Sally, please click here from her own website. I can't guarantee we will have books... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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TODAY: White House correspondent April Ryan is our guest at The Q&A Cafe, for a late morning "coffee klatch" interview at 11 am at The George Town Club. April, who covers the WH beat for the American Urban Radio Networks, is also the author of "At Mama's Knee" and "The Presidency in Black and White." I'm so looking forward to this interview because I've had the pleasure of working with April during the 2016 presidential campaign, when I booked her often on MSNBC. She has since joined CNN. Since the Trump Administration began she has become a familiar face at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Passed on to me by good neighbor David Abrams about an apparent pattern of Washington Gas issues in the East Village of Georgetown. I'm familiar with some of these issues, and the ongoing cutting into the streets, even in front of my house. It is worthy of concern, because the utilities typically resist being forthcoming. Posting for all who may be interested. Dear Georgetown Neighbor, Out of a growing sense of frustration and concern over the Washington Gas Light Co. and gas-related issues in our neighborhood, I’ve launched both a blog and Facebook page about Georgetown gas leaks and repairs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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I'm just back from a week or so in California, mostly southern California, and it was a terrific getaway. The rains had stopped and every day was sunny and warm. Three days in San Francisco, including field trips to Mt. Tam, the Muir Woods and Stinson Beach, and then a drive down to Santa Monica, where I stayed on the beach with a friend. He worked and I sat by the ocean every day, watching the surf, the surfers and soaking up sunshine. In SF I stayed in The Mission at this lovely B&B, the Inn San Francisco, where I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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We have *changed the line-up for February and our guest on Thurs Feb 16 will be acclaimed Washington-based chef Nora Pouillon. Hers is an incredible story, and not only that she was the first DC chef to use an organic foods driven menu, but also her role in the community, and her own personal story; a journey from Vienna to the nation's capital, and life as an independent woman. She recently announced her retirement so now seems like a good time to sit down and talk! There's so much to discuss. I can't wait. Not the least of which are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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The project began in March 1985. John Huddy, my executive producer at CBS News "Nightwatch," pleased with some pieces I'd produced, assigned me to produce an interview with Charles Manson, with the mandate that it "outdo" the earlier Manson prison interview done by Tom Snyder, which Huddy himself had produced. I didn't want the assignment, and I kept trying to get out of it, but still I went through the motions. I'd been with the show for a year, working up from associate producer to producer, overseeing segments, studio interviews, field shoots, mostly involving Capitol Hill and White House stories,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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It's been a good year of interviews at The Q&A Cafe, a year in which we celebrated the program's 15th anniversary, and I look forward to another excellent line-up for 2017, beginning with Andrew Sullivan in January (1/27) and Washington Metropolitan Police Interim Chief Peter Newsham in February. As we mark New Year's Eve, here's a recap of 2016, and in no particular order. Unless otherwise noted, all were taped before an audience at the George Town Club in Georgetown, DC. DIANE REHM Radio host and author ERIC SIEBOLD Chef/Owner of Kinship and Metier (taped at the bar of Kinship)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Here is the recent Q&A Cafe interview with Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez -- Tom + Lorenzo -- which was recorded earlier in December. Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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COME TO GEORGETOWN TONIGHT AND THIS COULD BE YOU! As I walked along M Street this afternoon I looked toward 29th Street and saw a mess of flashing blue lights. OMG, I thought, is the President headed this way! What's going on? Or perhaps a head of state arriving at the Four Seasons Hotel. Nope. None of that. It was a fleet of tow trucks descending on M to haul away any cars still parked at meters at 2:55 p.m. The deadline was 3. Tow trucks as far as the eye could see. They roared into action like an avenging... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Andrew Sullivan is a legend of modern journalism -- here and across the pond -- and I'm pleased to announce he will be the guest at The Q&A Cafe on Friday, January 27. Be sure to read his cover story in the new issue of New York magazine -- Becoming An American In The Age of Trump. Believing as I do in serendipity, this date may be the best timing for an interview with Andrew as it is the week of this particular cover story and also the first week for Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com