NPR’s summer vacation: Says You! at Old Whaling Church

Richard Sher is the creator, producer and host of the radio show "Says You!", which airs on WGBH in Boston and many NPR stations around the nation. — Photo courtesy of Says You!

Says You!, a long-running, quirky National Public Radio (NPR) quiz show that features several Island residents and visitors will be recorded live from the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 pm. The weekly show is recorded in several cities around the country and is making its first stop on the Island.

Another NPR show, The Moth, true stories told live, also recorded on the Vineyard this summer. The Moth features true stories about the lives of narrators from various backgrounds

The show will also feature music from guest band Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.

Speaking to The Times from the cell phone-challenged wilds of New Hampshire last week, host and producer Richard Sher noted that five of the six longtime game show panelists have strong Island connections, including residents Arnie Reisman and Paula Lyons, summer resident Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, and frequent visitors Francine Achbar, Carolyn Faye Fox, and himself.

Panelist Tony Kahn, an author and journalist, is a resident of Truro. “Yes, he’s an outlander, but we’re trying to be inclusive,” Mr. Sher quipped.

Says You! is a tongue-in-cheek quiz show in which nimble-minded and funny panelists are asked odd questions for which they must construct answers, most of which are extremely unlikely to be true. For the show’s nearly 20 NPR years, Mr. Sher has been adamant about protecting the element of surprising the panelists and the audience. The show’s motto is: “It’s not important to know the answers…it’s important to like the answers.”

“There is a theme to the questions but we never like to foreshadow the theme. We like the audience to be thrilled, happy, and totally unaware and we’ve learned that that’s exactly the way they want to be,” Mr. Sher said, adding, sotto voce, “think ‘Island Idylls.’”

Says You! can be heard weekly on WGBH 89.7 on Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, and on WCAI 90.1 on Saturdays at 8 pm.

Says You!, Thursday, August 21, 7 pm, Old Whaling Church, Edgartown. An evening of “Island Idylls” with Says You! gang and special guests. $30 $35 preferred seating. For more information, visit