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Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual live Thanksgiving call-in show. Francis Lam takes calls and comes to the rescue of Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers, and dinner guests during the biggest cooking day of the year.

Turkey Confidential airs live from 12-2 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28, 2019.


Francis Lam

Francis Lam took over the program from long-time host Lynne Rossetto Kasper in January 2018. A regular contributor and frequent guest host on The Splendid Table since 2010, Lam is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Editor-at-Large at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo's hit show, Top Chef Masters. An award-winning writer, Lam has written for numerous publications, including Gourmet, Bon Appetít, Food & Wine, Lucky Peach, Saveur, Salon, Men's Journal, and the Financial Times. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and holds a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. He lives with his family in New York City.


Two hours.

There are three 60-second breaks in the program: a floating break in each hour at approximately (29:00) into the hour, and a fixed break at (59:00), between the two hours. The breaks will be covered by music, and APM will supply Contact Closure 3 for all three breaks.

Please note: “Turkey Confidential” is NOT newscast-compatible.

Marketing Tools

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Promo spot available: November 18, 2019
Program and rundown available: November 28, 2019

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Phone lines - (800) 242-2828 will be open nationwide from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST and the program will be simulcast live on the Web at As in past years, The Splendid Table has created more ways for your listeners to be involved with Turkey Confidential. In addition to the open phone lines, The Splendid Table website will host the following Web-based features:

Broadcast Rights

This is a live, national call-in. Affiliate stations must carry this program on Thanksgiving Day (November 28, 2019). The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Stations are strongly encouraged to carry both hours; however, the hours are discreet and stations may carry either. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative.

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