Turkey Confidential is The Splendid Table’s annual Thanksgiving 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.

As in 2020, the program for 2021 will be file based - the show will be fed "live" at noon, though files will be available by Wednesday afternoon, November 24 if stations prefer to air earlier in the morning. Please let your Station Relations Representative know if you'd prefer to receive the file early.


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.

Featured Guests

  • David Chang and Priya Krishna authors of the new book Cook at Home: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Recipes (And Love My Microwave)
  • Pati Jinich of PBS’s award -winning series Pati’s Mexican Table
  • Kenji Lopez Alt of Serious Eats and his latest book The Wok Recipes and Techniques
  • Baker Cheryl Day author of Cheryl Day’s Treasury of Southern Baking


Two hours

Show Clock

01:59:00 -- 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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ContentDepot File Transfer

Promo spot available: November 15, 2021
Program rundown available: November 25, 2021
Date content will be uploaded: November 25, 2021


Broadcast Window

November 25, 2021
Fed live at noon ET. Files will also be available early, to air beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving Day.

Broadcast Rights

Affiliate stations must carry this program on Thanksgiving Day (November 25, 2021). 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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