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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 Friday, September 25th. Swift fox restoration efforts, virtual Yom Kippur celebrations and fact checking the first debate between candidates running for Montana's sole U.S. House of Representatives seat.
  • It's Thursday, September 24th. COVID unemployment numbers, the Montana International Film Festival and the debate between candidates running for Montana's single U.S. House seat.
  • It's Wednesday, September 23rd. The fire outlook, updates on coronavirus and the legal battle surrounding all-ail ballot voting this November.
  • It's Tuesday, September 22nd. Funding to bolster mental health services, efforts to restore passenger rail service in the state and the debate between candidates for Attorney General.
  • It's Monday, September 21st. Housing in Missoula, Montana's U.S. Senators join the political clash over whether the Senate should confirm a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court and census efforts.
  • Today we have stories on what’s inside the massive Butte Superfund cleanup deal, how much the state has spent on firefighting this season and we hear from the family of an inmate who became ill from COVID-19 while in detention.
  • Today we have stories on how wildfire smoke can affect more than just your lungs, two bills with ties to Montana get hearings in the US Senate and how faith and religion play into the governor’s race.
  • Today we have stories on how the coronavirus is affecting student enrollment at Montana’s universities, the pros and cons of Montanans passing recreational marijuana referenda in November, and a mixup in calculating federal relief for schools impacted by the coronavirus pandemic means Public school students in Montana may miss out on roughly $800,000 in federal aid.
  • Today we have stories on the vice president’s visit, wildfire smoke moves over the state and a new report lays out recommendations for how Montana could grizzly bears, with a sticking point: hunting.
  • Today we have stories on new protocols for hunters to stave off chronic wasting disease, residents in a Helena subdivision tell regulators about unexpected water shut offs and how Garfield County is bouncing back from damages from the Huff Fire.