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The next Q&A Cafe is on Thursday, October 7, an interview with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, expert on the behind-the-scenes domestic and global decisions and actions to try to defeat the Covid pandemic, an uphill climb he recounts in the new book, “Uncontrolled Spread,” to be published Sept. 21 by Harper. Dr. Gottlieb is a physician, a contributor to CNBC, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and consults widely with governors and Fortune 500 corporations as to how to navigate the coronavirus. He also appears regularly on Face the Nation. “America’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2021 at CarolJoynt.com
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We're coming up on the end of summer and that means it's time for a Q&A Cafe that kicks back a little. How about a focus on the culture's collective distractions and dirty pleasures? Pop culture and reality TV. We have an excellent guest for this discussion: podcaster and pop culture expert Gibson Johns. His podcast, "We Should Talk," posts on Thursdays featuring interviews with celebrities and influencers, not to mention his own opinions and recaps of lots of pop culture and reality TV, and especially Real Housewives. From his bio: "We Should Talk is a weekly interview series hosted... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2021 at CarolJoynt.com
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The Q&A Cafe returns on Thursday July 29, lunchtime, with an interview featuring — the same guests who were our last interview before the pandemic! —journalists Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker, with their new book, “I Alone Can Fix It.” The book launches only a few days before this interview at The George Town Club. Please join us. All are welcomed. As before, in the beforetime, seating will begin at 11:45am, the interview at 12:15, lunch will be served and the fee is $35 all inclusive. I hope to have the book for sale on premises. It's so exciting to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2021 at CarolJoynt.com
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Everybody who went to Nathans has a story. Here's mine, as its owner by a twist of fate, and as told to the Citizens Assocaition of Georgetown Georgetown Oral History Program. Nathans, open from 1969 to 2009 at Wisconsin and M Streets NW, was an important piece of Washington, DC saloon history, some true, some apocryphal, all wild. At this link: GeorgetownOralHistoryProgram/Nathans. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at CarolJoynt.com
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Photo:Melina Mara Please join us for the next Q&A Cafe, when the guests are acclaimed Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, co-authors of the No. 1 bestseller, "A Very Stable Genius." The date is Tuesday, February 25. Carol is part of the Post’s investigative reporting team, who together won the Pulitzer Price for public service; she won again on her own for national reporting. She’s also won the George Polk Award. A graduate of Bryn Mawr, Carol got her start with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Charlotte Observer before joining the Post. Phil, the Post’s White House bureau chief,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at CarolJoynt.com
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Jeh Johnson is the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in the Obama Administration, a former general counsel for the Defense Department, a former Georgetowner, too, and a friend. He’s also our first guest for the next Q&A Cafe on Wednesday January 22. This makes him also our first guest of the new decade! So please join us. Lunchtime, noon, the George Town Club. 1530 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For reservations please call 202-333-9330 or send an email to Reservations. Secretary Johnson is currently living in New York, where he’s a partner at Paul Weiss. He’s on the board... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at CarolJoynt.com
Here's your chance to join the panel event called "Politics on the Plate," organized by Olga Boikess of The Dames D'Escoffier, a Washington-based culinary group that merges Washington and food whenever possible. The event was held at The National Press Club. Olga asked me to moderate and it was a pleasure. The panelists included Maria Trabocchi of Fiola and Fiola Mare; Stephanie Wilkinson of The Red Hen in Lexington, VA; Ruth Gresser of Pizzeria Paradiso; Laurent Menoud of Cafe Milano; Ashok Bajaj of Rasika and Rasika West End; and Amy Brandwein of Centrolina. The focus was very simple: how do... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at CarolJoynt.com
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Coming to The Q&A Cafe on Tuesday, November 12: USA Today's chief Washington correspondent, Susan Page. Susan is also biographer of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Her next book will be a biography of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. She's a regular on the Sunday shows and cable TV, and overall a well respected and well liked chronicler of all things Washington. Please join us: What: A Q&A Cafe TV show taping with lunch served When: Tuesday November 12, noon to 1 pm. Where: The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Avenue NW, at Volta How: Call Joe Pikovsky at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at CarolJoynt.com
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Its no secret that apart from politics Washington's favorite dinner table topic is real estate. That's the subject this upcoming Q&A Cafe. Once upon a time her face was on your shopping cart, but now her name is on the top tracking chart for national real estate sales. She’s Nancy Taylor Bubes, among the city’s most dedicated, and dogged, realtors and community supporters. I’m happy to announce Nancy will be our guest for the next Q&A Cafe, on Friday, April 19, lunchtime, at The George Town Club. This will be an encore appearance as Nancy last joined us when the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2019 at CarolJoynt.com
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Of course its a risk to handicap any political races at the pace of current day politics, but nonetheless Howard Fineman was game to give it a go in late February, when he was the guest at The Q&A Cafe -- his third appearance on the show in 10 years. We got to some of the 2020 candidates. Not all, but at least the presumed frontrunners. Enjoy the conversation! Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2019 at CarolJoynt.com
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Our next Q&A Cafe is an interview with veteran Washington political journalist Howard Fineman. The date is Friday, March 1, the location the George Town Club, the time NOON, and please make a reservation to join us. The contact for that is Joe Pikovsky at the GTC, 202-333-9330, or shoot him an email, Joe. This will be Howard's third appearance at The Q&A Cafe. His first was when we were at Nathans, his second when we were based at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, and so its only right he hits our current home, the GTC. Needless to say, much to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at CarolJoynt.com
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Our first Q&A Cafe of 2019, one week before the Super Bowl, features New York Times writer Mark Leibovich and his bestseller about the NFL, "Big Game." Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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2018 was a medical year for me and I'm most grateful to these three Washington medical stars: Dr. Marc Connell, Dr. Yi Ping Hu and Dr. David Shocket. Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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If you buy just one cookbook this holiday season, if you give just one cookbook as a gift, and if you reserve a seat at just one cookbook and holiday interview, I have it all wrapped up for you! Please join me on Friday, December 7 for a Q&A Cafe interview with Brian Noyes. He is the author of the Red Truck Bakery Cookbook, it focuses on the amazing food and recipes of his rural bakery sensation, Red Truck Bakery, and its also a story of shifting gears professionally as an adult. Incidentally, he's also the favorite pie maker of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
6 weeks ago I had my first total knee replacement surgery. 3 weeks ago I had my second. Home recovery goes well, but would it surprise anyone that when I watch TV my eyes light up the most for advertisements that feature aquamarine water and white sand beaches? Or vistas from mountaintops? While recovery is very limiting, the fact of having done this major surgery is surprisingly liberating. Best case scenario is I'll be free again to roam the world. At the least, walk from my home to the river and along its banks, or hike the Billy Goat Trail.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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This is a Q&A Cafe I've wanted to host for many years and at last it is happening. Its with one of the most powerful people in Washington: Tom Sietsema, Food & Restaurant critic for The Washington Post. Tom will be the guest on Friday, October 12. This will coincide with the release of his latest Dining Guide. This is a rare opportunity and I hope you can join us. As always with our show, we will tape the interview before an audience at The George Town Club. Seating begins at 11:45. We'll start at 12:15 and wrap by 1pm.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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SIX DAYS AFTER SURGERY NUMBER ONE ON A 'FIELD TRIP' TO A NEIGHBOR'S It is approximately the moment between surgery #1, on my right knee, which was August 21, and surgery #2, the other knee, coming up soon. It has been an interesting, challenging and rewarding experience, so far. I will say the headline is that the evening of my first surgery, when they got me up to walk the hallway, I could feel the new knee. My leg was straighter, stronger and I could feel my spine saying "thank you." The other headline is that the pain is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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THE VIEW FROM OUR CONFERENCE ROOM AT MEET THE PRESS, AND THANK YOU, TEAM! My darling colleagues at Meet the Press Daily surprised me with a farewell to the knees party on Friday afternoon. Walked into our afternoon meeting with my nose so buried in my phone I didn't at first notice this wonderful sign they had posted on the window (with our hot view of DHS and a few trees). But when I looked up and saw it I almost cried. For sure I smiled from ear to ear. It was such a thoughtful and caring gesture. Then came... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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GEORGETOWN BOOT CAMP. I STARTED AT AGE 60, AND SEALED THE FATE OF MY KNEES. (BUT IT WAS FUN) Yes, you go to the final pre-op with a long list of questions and maybe get to about 1/3 of them, if that. Because, face it, you are on board with this now. What possibly could the doctor tell you that would make you jump off the examining table, land with your full weight on those creaky old knees, swallow the first shock of pain, and march out, hollering, "I'm keeping them." Its tough. You're conflicted. That's sane. But its also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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Anyone who has ever organized a family trip of a week or two is well aware that often the planning stage is as extensive as the trip itself. Preparing for knee surgery is much the same. Lately, free time goes to organizing and planning, which can range from stocking up on the necessary home medical supplies (a walker for each floor of the house!!) to all the many pre-op appointments and then, of course, dealing with insurance (the appeal on my pre-op MRI is still unresolved!) But there's also personal maintenance, and in that regard I can't emphasize enough the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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THE OLD KNEES, DANCING IN THE NIGHT (IF NOT THE NIGHT AWAY), WITH MY THEN 7 or 8 YEAR OLD SON SPENCER (WHO WILL LAUGH, I HOPE, AT MY POSTING THIS PIC) This perplexes me: not unlike a bon voyage or the welcoming of a new baby, I wonder how to treat the knees as they approach replacement. Should I host a party to say good-bye, or a shower to welcome the new arrival, or arrivals? (At this point not sure if a solo birth or twins, though even if not immediate twins there will eventually be a sibling). They... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls, now on a global tour for his album Smalls Change, stopped by The Q&A Cafe in late July for a 45 minute interivew. It was a conversation like no other in the 17 year history of my program, and I adored every minute, and especially the guest. Please have a watch: Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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GOALS: TO GET BACK TO 10,000 STEPS A DAY. HERE, HIKING IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS I'm not sure whether I was made to be a TV producer and the skills suited the role or whether I became a TV producer and acquired the skills, but whatever, TV producers can't help but produce everything in their lives and, for me for now, that includes knee surgery. There's the research phase, learning everything there is to know and then some; the phase of going into the field to get the lay of the land, and interviews, and acquiring other elements that will... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com
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HS CHEERLEADING SQUAD. ME, UPPER LEFT. NOTE, LOWER RIGHT, BANDAGE ON KNEE (because, all that leaping!) All on their own knees don't go bad overnight. With the exception of serious injury, it is simply a matter of wear and tear. Could I dial back and make different choices, my path of fitness would have been to stick to to swimming and yoga. But while I was a lifelong swimmer and also a daily practitioner of yoga, I also liked more aggressive activities, especially running. To be more specific, road running, and my body could handle it well (or so I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at CarolJoynt.com