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The Worm
Weekdays at 7:00 AM

The Worm is a daily news podcast for early bird listeners. Host Jess Sheldahl rounds up stories from the newsrooms of Yellowstone Public Radio and Montana Public Radio. Available online and on podcasting apps by 7 A.M. weekdays.

Latest Episodes
  • It's Wednesday, January 26th. Montana's tobacco control report card, how a state tax credit that funds programs at Montana public schools reached its $1 million cap within minutes and efforts to get more Native Americans registered to vote.
  • It's Tuesday, January 25th. Keeping two LBGT books in Billings libraries after calls to remove the materials, new nutrient pollution standards for water bodies and disagreements over the plan to reduce the Yellowstone bison herd.
  • It's Monday, January 24th. Repairs to an irrigation system along the Hi-Line move forward, a call for more early intervention in public safety and behavioral health staffing shortages hinder mental health services.
  • It's Friday, January 21st. Insight into an incident that left a Montana firefighter with severe injuries last summer, efforts to overturn the state's constitutional protection for abortion access and disagreements over Yellowstone bison herd reduction.
  • It's Thursday, January 20th. Scammers pretending to be state employees, expunging marijuana-related criminal convictions now recreational marijuana is legal in the state and low staffing leads to assault at the Montana State Prison.
  • It's Wednesday, January 19th. A campsite for people experiencing homelessness opens in Missoula, flu cases increase in the state and distributing at-home COVID-19 test kits.
  • It's Tuesday, January 18th. A string of warm weather in Billings, efforts to bring passenger rail service back to southern Montana and upcoming interviews to participate in a traveler benefit program.
  • It's Monday, January 17th. Bison relocated to the Fort Peck Reservations, updates on COVID-19 impacts on schools and why seasonal depression hits especially hard during January.
  • It's Friday, January 14th. How the state might utilize a program addressing orphaned oil wells, updates on rising COVID-19 cases and a conversation with a teacher in Great Falls about the latest pandemic-related disruptions to schools.
  • It's Thursday, January 13th. New applications for marijuana dispensaries, helping a pelican who got stuck in Montana and hospitals experience a major shortage of blood donations.