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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, July 6th. Flooding in downtown Helena, how biologists are tracking a fungal disease that wiped out most of the bats in a north central Montana cave and why researchers are training dogs to sniff out Chronic Wasting Disease.
  • It's Tuesday, July 5th. Funds for schools to address lead in drinking water, a warming center in Bozeman open year round for the first time and kids in Billings learn what it takes to be a zookeeper.
  • It's Friday, July 1st. The head of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services steps down, push back against a health department rule barring transgender residents from amending the gender marker on their birth certificates and a conversation about why abortion havens on tribal lands are unlikely.
  • It's Thursday, June 30th. An entomologist explains why there are so many moths in Billings, Canadian parents bring their kids to Montana to get COVID-19 vaccines and the state's high court rules the Legislature does not have the authority to make gun rules on college campuses.
  • It's Wednesday, June 29th. The state Attorney General calls for Montana's high court to get rid of protections for abortion access, the Department of Corrections misspends inmate welfare funds and how the Livingston community stepped up to help a flower shop damaged by recent floods.
  • It's Tuesday, June 28th. Fire danger increases as summer weather heats up, the state's plan to expand electric vehicle infrastructure and Montana's Catholic leaders say they're grateful for the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
  • It's Monday, June 27th. The impacts of rising COVID-19 cases on healthcare facilities, reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of federal protections for abortion access and how the extremophile microbes living in Yellowstone National Park might be useful to humans.
  • It's Friday, June 24th. A documentary about the youth mental health crisis in the U.S., hearing from a craftsman in Fromberg affected by this month's flooding and a story from Lodge Grass High School students about Crow Native Days.
  • It's Thursday, June 23rd. A drag story hour event in Billings draws nearly 2,000 people in support of the LGBT pride event, drought conditions across the state and the people working to rebuild communities after devastating flooding earlier this month.
  • It's Wednesday, June 22nd. A temporary pay raise for federal firefighters, why a marijuana sales tax approved by Gallatin County voters will not go into effect and how the Fort Belknap Indian Community is training its young people to collect native grass seeds to restore prairie land.