Losing LRC was sad by itself, but the annihilation of my favorite food show has been so much worse. Splendid Table was the first NPR program I ever listened to as a teenager, and it awoke my interest and love of the art of cooking. Hearing Lynne describe foods, tastes and textures helped me see cooking as more than the drudgery my mother seemed to find it. Hearing other callers describe their frustrations or curiosities about recipes or new ingredients that I often related to drew me in, and then Lynne’s warm, authentic responses seemed to untangle all the chaos. I was hopeful that Francis would be a wonderful host to fill her shoes, as I really enjoy his personality, but I have been completely disappointed with the show since then. I understand that our background always influences our cooking, so I am not opposed to some storylines before the guests get into their recipes/ techniques, but this show has become a lot of political statements buried in stories by people involved in the food industry. Not an enjoyable or relaxing experience for the listeners. I long for the program to return to focusing on the FOOD, as that is something we can all enjoy and share together. Please... listen to the reviews. Feeling sad to lose something in my week that used to bring me joy.