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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 Monday, July 26th. Updates on wildfires, water restrictions due to drought in Bozeman and the Delta variant of COVID-19 becomes the most predominant variant of the novel coronavirus.
  • It's Friday, July 23rd. A lawsuit alleges the state of Montana failed to ensure K-12 public schools teach indigenous history, the nomination of a Montanan to lead the BLM advances and getting students vaccinated before school starts.
  • It's Thursday, July 22nd. A U.S. Senate committee votes on the nomination of a Montanan to lead the BLM, state spending of federal coronavirus relief and why Some health officials worry as people head indoors to escape smoke, COVID-19 cases could increase among the unvaccinated.
  • It's Wednesday, July 21st. Updates on wildfires burning in the state, Montana's largest electric utility agrees to buy power from a solar facility and the final rules for drawing Montana's new legislative districts.
  • It's Tuesday, July 20th. Officials vote on rules to draw Montana's political districts, updates on wildfires and increased demand for rental cars has people in the Flathead valley renting out their own cars to strangers.
  • It's Monday, July 19th. Updates on wildfires, the lawsuit over a new law that restricts who can amend the gender marker on their birth certificate and environmental regulators drop their case against and Idaho-based mining company.
  • It's Friday, July 16th. Hot, dry weather continues with increased fire danger, federal funding for Montana water projects and a conversation with the lead organizer of Helena's annual LGBTQ+ pride celebration.
  • It's Thursday, July 15th. Gov. Greg Gianforte declares a wildland fire state of emergency, a pandemic-related boost in federal food assistance ends and the Montana Supreme Court rules unanimously, legislative subpoenas overstepped lawmaker's authority.
  • It's Wednesday, July 14th. Updates on wildfires burning in the state, another democrat joins the race for Montana's new U.S. House seat and the only school in Wyola on the Crow reservation plans to modernize.
  • It's Tuesday, July 13th. updates on wildfires burning in Yellowstone and Musselshell counties, increased oil and gas drilling permits from the federal government and a spike in COVID-19 cases in Flathead County.