What a week. Who knew changing the calendar year didn't do shit? It's cool: 2022 will be our year.

But until then, Willamette Week is doing two things: showing you how to have a good time and dropping bombshell reports. And this podcast—Dive, by Willamette Week—is a backstage pass to the WW newsroom.

Once we get you up to speed on the headlines—spoiler alert: Gov. Kate Brown has her hands full—we dive into the biggest stories in this week's paper. The first is the cover story on people buying board games, card games, puzzles and other tabletop games in record numbers. Arts & Culture Editor Matthew Singer comes on the podcast to talk about the story, which explores nine games made by Oregon game companies. We talk about what makes Portland a gaming mecca. We even play a game on the air.

But it's the season of giving. So our gift to you is not one main story but two. You'll hear about reporter Tess Riski's investigation into how the Oregon Department of Corrections mishandled the wildfire evacuation of three prisons in September. We talk about things that aren't in the article and even tease out another big story coming your way.

Music? We still got it. Quote of the week? Always. Bad puns? Duh.

You're one of us now. Come on, join the WW team.

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