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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.

This year’s special guests include Melissa Clark, Samin Nosrat, Kwame Onwuachi, and Shauna Sever.

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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.

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Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is a food writer, author, and host of our new podcast Weeknight Kitchen with Melissa Clark. She is a food columnist for The New York Times, and has written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart. Melissa has written more than 35 cookbooks, including Dinner: Changing the GameDinner in an Instant, and Comfort in an Instant. Other books include collaborations with some of New York City's most celebrated chefs, including Daniel Boulud (Braise), David Bouley (East of Paris), Andrew Feinberg (Franny's), Claudia Fleming (The Last Course), Bruce and Eric Bromberg (Blue Ribbon Cookbook), and former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses (The Perfect Finish). Her work has been honored with awards by the James Beard Foundation and IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals), and has been selected for the Best Food Writing series. Melissa is a regular guest on the Today show and Rachael Ray. She has also been a judge on Iron Chef America.

Samin Nosrat

Samin Nosrat is a cook, teacher, and author of the James Beard Award-winning New York Times Bestseller Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. She is an Eat columnist at The New York Times Magazine and the host and an executive producer of the Netflix original documentary series based on her book. Nosrat has been invited to speak about food, art, culture and cooking at venues as diverse as the Oakland Unified School District Nutrition Services, UC Berkeley, Yale University, SFMoMA, St. Mary's College, University of San Francisco, the Orange Institute, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), and Artechef, the Cuban national cooking school. But mostly, she lives to cook and eat with friends, surf, sleep under the stars, read and write, and listen to good music.

Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi is an award-winning chef and author. He is the chef of Kith and Kin restaurant and the owner of the Philly Wing Fry franchise, both in Washington, DC. This year, he won the 2019 Rising Star Chef award from the Beard Foundation and was also named Best New Chef by Food and Wine. His memoir, Notes from a Young Black Chef, was published this year and received high praise from both journalists and the food industry. Onwuachi was born on Long Island and raised in New York City, Nigeria, and Louisiana. First exposed to cooking by his mother, in the family's modest Bronx apartment, he took that spark of passion and turned it into a career. From toiling in the bowels of oil cleanup ships to working at some of the best restaurants in the world, he has seen and lived his fair share of diversity. Onwuachi trained at the Culinary Institute of America and has opened five restaurants before turning thirty. A former Top Chef contestant, he has been named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs and a 30 Under 30 honoree by both Zagat and Forbes. Listen to The Splendid Table episode featuring an intimate conversation with Kwame Onwuachi.

Shauna Sever

Shauna Sever is a regular contributor to The Splendid Table, for which she was nominated for an IACP award in 2017. As a writer, Shauna's work is best defined by several baking-centric cookbooks. Her fourth and newest book is Midwest Made. She has also contributed food stories, recipes, and expert tips for numerous outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Food52, Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, Fine Cooking, Food and Wine, Bake from Scratch, O Magazine, and many more. She began developing and writing recipes when she launched her award-winning baking blog Piece of Cake in 2007. After more than 12 years of California living, Shauna, her husband, and their two sweet-toothed kids returned to her hometown of Chicago, where she now bakes, writes, and is always on the hunt for great old-school Midwestern bakeries.


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.

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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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