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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 2 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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My take ... from Georgetown DC. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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DRESSED FOR TEA: MELANIA TRUMP AND MICHELLE OBAMA Here is my interview with Tom + Lorenzo -- Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez -- taped for The Q&A Cafe in December. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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JUST LIKE THAT, I OWN A BUSINESS Over the past few years, as I've navigated the challenges of trying to rebuild my career, I've grown to be more appreciative of what I learned along the way in a business environment. Some lessons reveal their relevance only over time, certainly that is what happened with me and business. Here's the big lesson: until you have owned your own business -- and paid the salaries of others with your own money -- you have lived a sheltered life. While I understand that for some people that is just fine -- and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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A photo from my "Halloween" archives, chosen because it suits today and a week from tomorrow! Have fun tonight, and then tomorrow, as you think about Election Day, maybe call the George Town Club to see book a seat for the Thursday, Nov. 10 Q&A Cafe with Maureen Dowd (there's a wait list, but we ALWAYS have no-shows), and the Dec 7 Q&A with Tom + Lorenzo....when we'll breakdown high fashion, low fashion, red carpet fashion -- Washington "fashion" - and all our favorite TV shows ... from "Westward" to "Mad Men," as well as "Ru Paul's Drag Race" and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Very happy to announce that The Q&A Cafe's 15th anniversary will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 10, with guest Maureen Dowd, the New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of the new book, "The Year of Living Dangerously," and also a Georgetowner, which is appropriate for this occasion since The Q&A Cafe was created and has thrived in Gtown. Please join us at noon. Make your reservation today with The George Town Club at 202-333-9330. Or send email to reservations. Note: while at a private club, The Q&A Cafe is fully and proudly open to all. Be there. More... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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When my husband was diagnosed with pneumonia my first reaction, because he could walk and talk, was, "oh, people survive pneumonia all the time, that's why its called 'walking pneumonia.'" The doctors quickly schooled me on the facts. Pneumonia comes in many forms, and much depends on when it is diagnosed and how it is treated. In every form it is a serious, potentially fatal illness. To call it "walking pneumonia" is to be dismissive of its seriousness. If not taken seriously, and treated, it can suddenly take a deadly turn. That's what happened to Howard. He thought he had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Who can believe it has been 15 years? Feels like 5, feels like 100, but here we are - alive, relatively at peace, and moving on. Its because of that celebration of life, and the way we have moved on in the aftermath of so much horrific loss that I believe this date should be a national holiday. A day where we take stock of what lost and make the most of what we have. But until then, I have my own traditions. *First and foremost, in a personal regard, and trying to make a contribution, is that out of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Here's Johnny Holliday with me in the studio just before we taped The Q&A Cafe a few weeks ago at DC Cable in Brookland. It was an interesting hour that covered everything from contemporary Nationals baseball -- Johnny's the pre and post game announcer -- and his favorite players, and why -- to memories of his start as a DJ at a very young age and the opportunity to work with and hang out with the icons 70s and 80 rock n' roll. His career has been long and diverse and more to come. Here's the full show. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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This is very preliminary, but this morning I met with the owners of a renowned Paris 3-star restaurant. They want to open in Washington, and have been here for a week eating at all the top rated spots and visiting available real estate. We sat for an hour or more to discuss the in's and out's of owning a restaurant in Washington. It was a pleasure to give them what I hope was good advice. We took a moment, too, to remember Michel Richard, who died this morning. Telling the story of Citronelle was a good opening to our conversation.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Master chef Eric Ziebold and I taped this interview on the morning after one of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe. That event in France made for a meaningful contrast between the world out there and the sanctuary that is a haven of fine dining, such as Kinship and Metier, the lovingly reviewed upstairs-downstairs restaurants created by Ziebold and his wife, Celia Laurent. I have been an unabashed fan of Eric's since he opened CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The new places are the realization of his dreams meshed with his considerable talent. The interview is a culinary journey,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Ah, an actual weekend off between the GOP and Democratic conventions. I don't mind that it is blistering hot out in DC. The heat reminds me of Austin, and I like Austin, and so I'm pretending it is an Austin weekend. Sunshine on my face and body. Now, if only La Condesa could be transported to the corner of Wisconsin and P ... I'd be set. I will be in DC for the Philadelphia convention, and I'm fine with that, too. Our crew at Hardball will work long hours to bring political junkies -- hopefully YOU -- a lively and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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Working on my first presidential nominating convention in years, and years, and as I sit in my office alone, desk crammed with computer screens and TV monitors, I feel ghosts of conventions past, friends and colleagues, standing calmly at my back, watching, and occasionally laughing or smiling or pointing, but most often pulling at their chins or scratching their heads. I sense what the thinking may be of David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Charles Collingwood, Catherine Mackin, Doug Kiker, Helen Thomas, Hugh Sidey, and many more now gone. I got to work closely with all these people and none tolerated mediocrity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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It will air next Friday, July 15, but today we taped a Q&A Cafe interview with Eric Ziebold, the James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of the conjoined restaurants Kinship and Metier, which opened this year on 7th Street across from the DC Convention Center. We started by noting the violence of the past two weeks, from Bangladesh to Dallas, and including Istanbul, Iraq, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, and how restaurants often serve as the refuge - he called the experience a "respite" -- from the madness of the world (though we know, in Paris, and Bangladesh, they were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com
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The word has traveled far and wide that the great Bill Cunningham died last week. The tributes have been a love fest and a way to get to know him even better, though in truth "knowing" him was elusive. He was an icon. I pay homage and with deep respect, because I am no Bill Cunningham. Still, I've photographed dozens and dozens of parties and he was my muse. Between 2007 and 2016, two to three a week, and even occasionally two or three a night. My photo archives are mostly party photos, several thousand of them. Bill Cunningham, while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at CarolJoynt.com