Holiday Specials

The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential

Turkey Confidential is a live, two-hour, call-in program on Thanksgiving Day from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST (NOTE: new time in 2015!) for public radio listeners across the nation.

On Thursday, November 26, help is on the way for Thanksgiving cooks, kitchen helpers and dinner guests on this, the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, award-winning host of public radio's national food show The Splendid Table®, will be available to answer listener questions throughout the live, two-hour program. Quickly becoming a Thanksgiving morning tradition, past shows have included everything from a cross-country trucker cooking his Thanksgiving dinner on the manifold to a panicked first-time cook who didn't realize a turkey needs to be thawed. Lynne handles all questions with wit, expertise and laughter.


Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern
Andrew Zimmern is a three-time James Beard award-winner, a chef, a writer, teacher and gracious dinner guest who has traveled to over 150 countries, logging countless hours in kitchens around the world. Andrew is best known for his Travel Channel series, Bizarre Foods, Bizarre Foods America, Bizarre World, and now Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations. He will tell you that his life is about demonstrating and promoting cultural acceptance, tolerance and understanding. He has written three books, appears monthly in Delta Sky Magazine, is a Chef-in-Residence at Food & Wine Magazine and an entrepreneur in residence emeritus at Babson College's prestigious Lewis Institute. He has produced a prodigious amount of television, incubated a dozen businesses, created restaurants, designed a cookware line, created an award-winning podcast and is devoted to his charitable endeavors. Andrew is always shining the spotlight on impactful ways to think about, create and live with food. (Photo: Adrian Danciu)

Dave Isay

Dave Isay
Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work, including three StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007); Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010); All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps (2012); and Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013) - all New York Times bestsellers. Most recently, Dave became the recipient of the 2015 TED Prize. (Photo: Harvey Wang)

Jacques Pépin

Jacques Pépin
One of the world’s most famous cooking teachers, Jacques Pépin has published more than twenty-five cookbooks, including his new cookbook Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul in the Kitchen, Essential Pépin and his memoir, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen (December 2015 reissue with forward by Anthony Bourdain).  He has also starred in fourteen acclaimed cooking series on public television and is a contributing editor to Food & Wine magazine. Jacques shares his knowledge through the curriculum and teaching at International Culinary Center (founded as The French Culinary Institute), where he has been a dean since joining in 1988. Before coming to the United States, Jacques served as the personal chef to Charles de Gaulle. He has won many accolades and awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2005, several IACP Cookbook Awards, and the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction. He lives with his wife, Gloria, in Madison, Connecticut. (Photo: Tom Hopkins)

Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality, and journalist, is the author of nine bestselling cookbooks (Nigellissima, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, How to Eat), which together have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. These books, her host role on ABC-TV’s “The Taste,” along with her groundbreaking Quick Collection apps, and her successful television series on Food Network, E! Entertainment Television, Style, and the BBC have made hers a household name around the world. She lives in London with her family. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @Nigella_Lawson and @nigellalawson on Instagram. (Photo: Debra Hurford Brown)

Listener Participation

Phone lines - (800) 242-2828 will be open nationwide from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST (NOTE: new time in 2015!) 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:


Lynne Rosetto Kasper

Managing Producer

Sally Swift


Jennifer Russell



ContentDepot File Transfer

Live broadcast: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET (NOTE: new time in 2015!) Thursday, November 26, 2015 (Thanksgiving Day), with subsequent file transfer.

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The Splendid Table's Turkey Confidential 2015 is a two-hour program. There are three 60-second breaks in the program: a floating break in each hour at approximately :29 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.)

broadcast rights

This is a live, national call-in. Affiliate stations must carry this program on Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2015). The program must be carried in its entirety. No excerpting is permitted. Simulcast streaming rights are available for this program. Prior to carrying this program, stations must contact their American Public Media Station Relations Representative. Stations are strongly encouraged to carry both hours; however, the hours are discreet and stations may carry either.

program web site

(The content on this site will be updated in mid November.)

on-air promos

Available in ContentDepot on November 19, 2015.

host bios & pictures

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Host
Host of The Splendid Table’s Turkey Confidential
Lynne Rossetto Kasper has won numerous awards as host of The Splendid Table, including two James Beard Foundation Awards (1998, 2008) for Best National Radio Show on Food, five Clarion Awards (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014) from Women in Communication and a Gracie Allen Award in 2000 for Best Syndicated Talk Show. Lynne is a respected authority on food, having published multiple bestselling books: The Splendid Table; The Italian Country Table; a series of quarterly e-books, Eating In with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, as well as the best-selling The Splendid Table's How To Eat Supper, How To Eat Weekends and A Summertime Grilling Guide, which were co-authored with founding producer Sally Swift. The Splendid Table can be heard on nearly 400 public radio stations nationwide.