Hollywood Blacklist

The Hollywood Blacklist, in which artists, directors, screenwriters, and actors were accused of ties to communism, barred from working, and even investigated by congress, took place 50 years ago. Our own Tony Kahn, whose family was forced to flee to Mexico during the Red Scare, documented this in his podcast series, Blacklisted.

This weekend, join Tony, and others affected by the Blacklist, in marking the 70th anniversary of the House Un-American Activities Committee. You can watch this Saturday, Nov 18 12:00pm EST on C-SPAN3.


The Plot Thickens

Laura from Pasadena, Ca listens to Says You! on KAZU. She’s also not afraid to let anyone know she’s well read in pulpy mystery novels.

I was surprised none of the panelists knew the meaning of secateurs. I first saw the word in Ruth Rendell’s mystery “Deadhead,” in which deadheading roses is part of the plot. Since then, I’ve seen it several times in British novels and have begun to use it myself as more elegant than pruning shears.

Dear reader, we have a mystery of our own. Ruth Rendell, nor her pseudonym Barbara Vine, ever published a novel titled “Deadhead.” A case of mistaken identity? Misattributed title? Or something far more sinister… If you have the answers we seek, please, do tell us in the comments.

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Putting our Best Foot Forward

Steve, a KAZU listener from the Monterey/Pacific Grove area, reminded us that the Says You! gang has never been known for our athleticism:

This Saturday’s show had a question about the meaning of “goofy footed”. The contestant was correct that the term is related to footedness, but (if I heard correctly) was wrong about which foot is forward. Goofy footers surf, skateboard, snowboard, etc. with their RIGHT foot forward. Perhaps ironically, most goofy footers are left handed.

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As Steve points out, to stand with your RIGHT foot toward the nose of a surfboard is ‘goofy,’ standing with your left foot forward is ‘regular.’ Our Says You! crack research team attempted to confirm these findings for ourselves. It ended with our noses on the ground and our feet in the air – we’ll call that goofy for sure.

Scripps, Here We Come!

Paul from Watertown, MA and a listener on WGBH wants to know,

We just re-listend to a show from season 9 where one of the bluffing words was “recumbentibus.” What is the longest word that you’ve used?

It’s a three-way tie for longest bluffing word we’ve ever used; each has 14 letters:

And “recumbentibus” is just one of six 13-letter words we’ve used:


Do you have a double-digit letter word you think can stump our panelists? Send us your bluffs, rounds, and factoids using our “Got a Good One?” page!

2017-2018 Season Debut

Our 2017-2018 Season begins this week from The Tilden Arts Center in West Barnstable, Massachusetts. Our host Gregg Porter leads stereo left vs stereo right in five rounds of wit and wordplay. We’re joined by Callie Crossley, commentator and host of WGBH’s Under The Radar with Callie Crossley, as we begin another year on public radio.

This marks the 21st time we’ve ushered in new episodes of Says You!. So, if we do the math — that’s over 2500 rounds including 1000 unique bluffing words. Our panelists have been playing with us from the very beginning, and so have our dedicated listeners. Thank you for making Says You! possible — by coming to our shows, sending us your questions, and inviting us into your homes each week. We’re at our best when you show up, and we’ve never been better.

Listen to our season debut this week!