An old sign found in a converted factory in Pittsburgh.

An old sign found in a converted factory in Pittsburgh.

As the workplace and home of many influential residents, D.C. has long opted for a sense of distance between public and private life. Even when politicos bridged those gaps, it was attempted with decorum. Remember the era of political salons in Georgetown? Those days are long over.

The line between personal and professional life is becoming increasingly blurred as critics of the Trump administration stage protest in local restaurants. In the past week, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was interrupted by protesters during dinner at MXDC, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Va. and senior policy advisor Stephen Miller’s home was visited by demonstrators.

Kojo speaks with the owner of a local restaurant on his “open table” policy and a local protester on their motivations.

Guests

  • Michael Friedman Chef and owner of The Red Hen; @MikeyFriedmanDC
  • Amanda Werner Independent activist, MXDC protest; Campaign strategist, Public Justice; @wamandajd
  • Seena Safi Manager, MXDC

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