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It was interesting to read the New York Times story about the generational divide in regard to remembering Princess Diana. Essentially, for a lot of millennials she is the famous woman who died in an awful car crash. For the older generations, its a mixed bag that breaks down as either the "people's princess," with a gift for caring and charity, or the socialite fashion plate who married the heir to throne. For me she was many things but most of all fascinating, a genuinely intriguing character to emerge in an otherwise boring family. She was impossible to ignore. Certainly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Not possible to not post these pics from a recent weekend on the Chesapeake Bay. Pleasure to photograph, even more to put down the camera and just be there in the blue hour of twilight. Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein is celebrating his birthday, which makes this a perfect moment to go into The Q&A Cafe archives and repost his interview. Its very much a profile, and as interesting as he is, which is very interesting. Taped in 2012 at The Ritz Carlton Georgetown hotel. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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With John Donvan it is a trifecta: friend, colleague and neighbor. We worked together at ABC News, where he his body of work as a correspondent is prolific, especially for "Nightline" in its most seismic years with Ted Koppel in the anchor chair. Our friendship endures. He lives not much more than a couple of blocks away in Georgetown. He's a good neighbor. He's a lovely writer and a pro storyteller, too. When it seemed right to do a Q&A Cafe with me for the publication of "Innocent Spouse" he was my first choice for turning the tables, and happily... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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This is an interesting attic find, something my husband acquired and I packed away some time ago; two decades ago, actually. It is a model canoe, beautifully handcrafted. Inside is the name Burt's Canoes and the date 1996. I did some research, sent out some email messages to the Wooden Canoe Builders Guild, and learned it was made by Burt Libby of Litchfield, Maine, a legendary canoe builder. Apparently he would hand make these sample models -- all of 4-5 feet in length -- of what would eventually be a regulation 16' canoe. It may be tiny but it appears... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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Robert Frank, then with The Wall Street Journal, sat for a Q&A Cafe interview in February '08 to talk about the ""new rich" -- before they became as crazy rich as they are now. We taped the interview at Nathans. Though he covered Europe and other beats for the Journal, his title at this time was "wealth reporter." That got my attention, in addition to his good book, Richistan, and he graciously accepted my invitation for an interview. After 18 years with the newspaper of Wall Street, he moved to CNBC, the cable channel of Wall Street, where he continues... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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NOVAK AND JOYNT IN NATHANS BACK ROOM I can't say this January 2008 Q&A Cafe was one of Robert Novak's last interviews, but it was in the prime of his last year before being diagnosed with brain cancer, which would claim him in August 2009. He was conservative, controversial, thoughtful, difficult, interesting and a force in Washington for years, especially during the time partnered with Rowland Evans writing their syndicated column and newsletter, the Evans-Novak Political Report. He was a regular on TV. He played a significant role in the Valerie Plame affair, and that's discussed in this interview. (Note:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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KOJO AND CAROL AT THE GEORGE TOWN CLUB IN 2014 There is an interesting, if harrowing, story behind my interview with Kojo Nnamdi, the iconic host of his own DC-centric talk show on WAMU/PBS public radio. The Q&A Cafe interview that is linked to here was a second try, because our first attempt, taped at The Georgetown Ritz-Carlton, ended abruptly in near disaster. Just as we started to roll tape the heat of the TV lights unleashed the sprinkler system, which gushed with such force it started knocked equipment onto the stage where we were doing the interview! Everyone ran... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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CONNIE SCHULTZ WITH SEN. SHERROD BROWN While The Q&A Cafe was at Nathans, we taped one show a week. That was the standard until Nathans closed and we moved to the Ritz Carlton Georgetown and started doing the show on a monthly basis. This is one of the Nathans shows, taped in January 2008. The guest is Connie Schultz, who may be known as a "Senate wife" (wondering in '17 if that term still exists?) -- married to Sen. Sherrod Brown -- but especially in Ohio and beyond, and here as well, she is better known as an acclaimed syndicated... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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NPR's Scott Simon was a fan of Nathans and The Q&A Cafe and it was a pleasure to have him as a guest on the show. His appearance was timed to the release of a new book, "Windy City," and that's where we began. You may notice some of these older interviews -- this is from 2008 -- come in chunks rather than a whole show. That's because in the olden days YouTube did not allow video posts of longer than 10 mins. Trust me, this involved a lot of sitting at the computer and editing the show down. We... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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The timing for this April '08 interview with Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr was quite timely -- the Post had just enjoyed its most recent experience with winning Pulitzers! It was a victory lap Downie and also teeing up his retirement from the paper. It also was a taping of the show where we attempted a very lame version of signage. #fail. Its cute to see the little sign, though. We were always such a homemade interview show, very much in the mode of Wayne's World. Proud of that, actually. Grand was not my goal, only a good conversation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at CarolJoynt.com
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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 Jul 22, 2017 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 Jul 22, 2017 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