Home for the Holidays – Tickets this Week!

Says You! returns to the Greater Boston area this winter for our Home for the Holidays Special at Walnut Hill December 27 and 28! Tickets and details are on the way, so mark your calendars for this holiday event!

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Arnie Reisman and Nat Segaloff’s “The Waldford Conference,” this weekend on L.A. Theater Works

This weekend L.A. Theater Works continues California Month with a dark chapter in Hollywood history. On November 24, 1947, the most powerful men in American film met in New York’s plush Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to decide how to address the Communist witch hunt being carried out by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Twenty-four hours later they emerged having created the Hollywood Blacklist. The Waldorf Conference by Nat Segaloff, Daniel M. Kimmel and Arnie Reisman dramatically speculates on what went on in that room.

Visit L.A. Theater Works to find out when your local station is airing this radio event – or listen now below.

Buffaloed in Bozeman SOLD OUT!

Says You! Live in Bozeman – Buffaloed in Bozeman – is sold out! Thanks to everyone who is clearly VERY EXCITED to see us in just a few weeks. Tickets are still available for our second Montana show at MSU Billings on November 10. Don’t miss your chance to see Says You! LIVE during our first trip to Montana and reserve your seats today. Special student tickets are available, as well as VIP tickets which offer premium seating and an intimate Q&A with the cast before the show.


Listen This Week For Our 22nd Season Premiere!

Says You! kicks off its 22nd Season this week! One of the longest-running game shows in American history, Says You! takes pride in being as ‘fresh’ as ever. This season promises to excite with featured guests from last season, including Lexicographer Erin McKean, Filmmaker Alex Horwitz, Playwright Deb Hiett, and world class music from groups around the country, including Juice of Boston, Lydia Luce of Nashville, and Free Planet Radio of Asheville.

Our season begins with episodes from the island of Martha’s Vineyard, starring our original cast – Playwright Arnie Reisman, Award-Winning Broadcaster Paula Lyons, Culture Critic Carolyn Faye Fox, Playwright and Broadcaster Tony Kahn, Producer Francine Achbar, and Veteran TV Journalist Barry Nolan. This makes the first time our debut panel has played together in more than four years. To begin our season, Says You! Head Writer Dave Zobel steps up to the lectern. Serving up everything you’ve come to expect from Says You!: brainy, challenging, hilarious, and erudite fun.

Season Twenty Two of Says You! airs on Public Radio stations across the country beginning this Friday, September 28th. To listen on your public radio station, visit our Find A Station page here: www.saysyou.net/find-a-station/

Thanks for listening and as always – we’re at our best when we get your questions, when we get your comments, and most of all, when you show up!

Spotlight Round: “Golden-Tongued Devils”

Celebrate a new season with a spotlight round of “Golden-Tongued Devils”

Some of the great catchphrases of our past come from Madison Avenue bon mots and malapropisms.
See if you can discern from the following clues which popular phrase might be recalled by the following paraphrasing: An example – “Bovine triangulation” might recall “Where’s the beef.”
An exterminator’s redundancy
An endorsement for uxorial continuity
A plea for matriarchal laissez-faire
Urge feline encapsulation
An extension of interpersonal tactility
Over-indulgence and skepticism
Figure it out yet?

Raid – “Kills Bugs Dead”

2. Geritol – “My wife, I think I’ll keep her”

3. Anacin – “Mother please – I’d rather do it myself!”

4. Exxon – “Put a tiger in your tank”

5. AT&T – “Reach out and touch someone”

6. Alka Seltzer – “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”

You’re Saying It Wrong!

Says You! host and KUOW Seattle weekend announcer Gregg Porter joined Kathryn Petras, co-author of the book “That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means,” in a conversation with Bill Radke on KUOW’s The Record all about misused words. Take a listen below!

Kathryn Petras and her brother Ross have written many books on word usage, including the New York Times bestseller “You’re Saying It Wrong,” “That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means,” as well as “Very Bad Poetry,” and “Wretched Writing.” On the bi-weekly podcast You’re Saying It Wrong, Kathryn and Ross discuss mispronounced words with KMUW’s Fletcher Powell.

Very special thanks to KUOW for the audio and to segment producer Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong.

A Says You! Spotlight Round: Mnemonic Memory

This round of Mnemonic Memory originally appeared in episode Eighteen of Season One. See if you can remember and define the following mnemonic devices:
Every good boy deserves fudge
Roy G. Biv
My very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas
Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived
King Philip came over from Germany somehow
The legend of ‘Hesheweiyouitthey’
Figure it out yet?

The notes/lines on a musical staff – treble clef.

2. The colors in the spectrum – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

3. The nine planets of the solar system, in order out from the Sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Other mnemonic devices have been suggested to include the dwarf planets Ceres, Pluto, Eris, Haumea, and Makemake. In 2015 the New York Times suggested, “My Very Educated Mother Cannot Just Serve Us Nine Pizzas—Hundreds May Eat!”

4. The fate of Henry VIII’s wives.

5. The scientific classifications in botany and zoology – Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

6. The personal pronouns: he, she, we, I, you, it, they.

Picking a Puppy is Heart and Science – Arnie Reisman

It’s been more than five years since our yellow lab Floyd padded off to the Rainbow Bridge. Okay, that’s as sappy as I want to get. But the point is my wife and I still miss him and we’re still in debate about getting another dog. The debate is not between, but within us. We’ve enjoyed our dog-less time together, sometimes even feel selfish about sharing it. Then someone comes to the house with a four-legged fur-friend and we melt into mezzo-soprano cooing and wooing.

The pros and cons pile up daily. Interestingly enough, the aging process weighs on both sides. We’re getting up there, so why complicate life by bringing a dog into it, something dependent that needs care, something that can curtail travel plans? Then again, why not bring something into your life that they say could add years to it, give you a reason to get up in the morning and bring you slippers and joy?

Of course, this is followed by the other debate — if we get a dog, what kind? Should it be large or small? Large can knock you down. Small you can trip over. Long-haired, short-haired, smooth, curly or hypo-allergenic? Should it be a swimmer or a sailor? Better yet, should it be a puppy or rescue?

Once we start going down this rabbit hole, my wife goes into another room, tears open a bag of popcorn and starts playing solitaire on her phone. I, on the other hand, find a neutral corner and assume the fetal position.

Actually if we so choose, I’d like to get a puppy, a perfect puppy, just like the one that grew into Floyd. I say this because I know how to pick a puppy. Let me explain.

Back in 2000, having never owned a dog in my life, I was given the job of producing for a PBS series called Woof! It’s a Dog’s Life. This was a series of half-hours devoted to training as conducted by “Uncle Matty,” the pet name Matthew Margolis used in his role in LA working with such dog owners as Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Merv Griffin and Goldie Hawn.

For one segment we went out on a shoot to a Pasadena boxer breeder. Here Uncle Matty set out to show America and me how to pick a puppy. He had a test. Before us was a litter of five-week-olds. He held down each one, placing his hand under its collarbone. He wasn’t hurting the pup, just pinning it.

Matty said it would give one of four responses: it will fight you like crazy (energetic, needs good amount of training at the start); it will give up in five to 10 seconds (submits to you being the Alpha, easy to train); it will just lie there (potentially lethargic, you’d be buying a carpet that eats); or, it goes into a fetal position, tucking in its limbs as protection, because it’s been kicked a lot unintentionally by mom and siblings (afraid of touch, needs good amount of training, period).

When we wrapped the shoot for a half dozen episodes, I realized I had learned a lot about living with dogs. I certainly learned that the human needs as much training as the animal. Right before we parted, Matty gave me a soulful look.

“You should have a dog,” he said. “You’re totally comfortable around them and they’re totally comfortable around you. What are you waiting for?”

A few months later, 9/11 happened. And so did a litter of six yellow Labrador puppies in West Tisbury at the home of Patty Linn. Time appeared to be running out for excuses. Time also seemed to be precious, given the global disorder. Time to get a dog.

When I tried the puppy test at Patty’s, each gave up in about five seconds. I called Matty and told him my dilemma.

“What are you with, a bunch of Labs?” he asked. “Forget it, the test won’t work. Labs will do whatever you want. Why do you think the breed is consistently Number One in popularity?”

“Is there a runt?” he asked.

Yes there was. In fact while his siblings were jumping up and down, the runt was across the room staring at a bookcase. My mind raced. Stephen Hawking reincarnated? Mentally defective?

“Call me back when it’s feeding time and let me know what the runt does,” Matty said.

As it turned out, feeding time was then and there. Mom walked into the pen and the runt made a beeline dash for her nutritious underside. A startled me gave the play-by-play to Matty.

“Buy him,” he said. “He’s using his brain. He wasn’t the first one on in the first four weeks.”

And so the runt became Floyd, our wonder dog — calm, inquisitive, responsive, stoic, funny and smart. It had been said he would do calculus for a treat.

So I’d be a damn fool not to remember what I learned being with Matty and Patty if there is a next time to get a dog. I should be looking for that puppy who doesn’t totally act like a puppy. Preferably one that’s light-coated so it’s easier to spot a trespassing tick. If there is a next time.

This essay originally appeared in The Vineyard Gazette. Visit vineyardgazette.com for more commentary by Arnie.

Live on Martha’s Vineyard!

We’re only one week away from our live performance in Vineyard Haven!

Carolyn, Tony, Francine, Arnie, Paula, and Barry match wits for a special reunion show hosted by Dave Zobel. This marks the first time our original panel have played together since 2014. Our musical guests for this broadcast event are Zoe & Jon Zeeman.

Join us early for an intimate Question & Answer. Get to know the people behind the voices broadcasted each week for the last 22 years. Learn the ins and outs of writing a Says You! script, how our panelists prepare, and anything else that crosses your mind. It’s your turn to ask the questions!

Hound & Fox – A Play by Tony Kahn on Martha’s Vineyard

Successful Hollywood screenwriter Gordon Kahn survived the blacklist, but J. Edgar Hoover couldn’t stop there. Fifteen years later, Hoover was at it again, harassing Kahn and his family. A story about tyranny, betrayal, fear, and forbearance, based on real-life events.
Written by our very own Tony Kahn, Hound & Fox will be read at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse on August 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM. This new dramatic work will be read for one special performance. Don’t miss this incredible story read by Says You! Hall of Famer Tom Kemp, CSI’s Paul Guilfoyle, Brooke Adams, and more special guests.