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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 Tuesday, September 28th. Updates on the train derailment in northern Montana, remembering a Northern Cheyenne spiritual leader who passed away over the weekend and data shows classes that started the year with mask mandates have fewer COVID cases.
  • It’s Monday, September 27th. A train derailment in north-central Montana kills three, a wilderness therapeutic boarding school closes amid abuse allegations and the challenges facing music venues trying to adapt to COVID-19.
  • It's Friday, September 24th. Officials find a way to fund a school mental health program, scams threatening to shut off electricity service and questions about the guidance behind a controversial emergency rule regarding masking in schools.
  • It's Thursday, September 23rd. Officials prepare for the state's recreational marijuana program, Montana reaches 10,000 active coronavirus cases and a conversation about the latest surge of COVID-19, driven by the Delta variant.
  • It's Wednesday, September 22. The state director charged with overseeing Montana's federal stimulus spending retires and Gov. Greg Gianforte activates more National Guard members to assist Montana hospitals amid rising COVID cases.
  • It's Tuesday September 21, 2021. A fire near Helena that grew quickly over the weekend and updates on coronavirus including a new rule from the Gianforte administration that it says will help transfer patients out of overburdened large hospitals faster.
  • It's Monday, September 20th. The commission that will outline the state's new political districts consider map submissions from the public and Montana's two largest universities expand masking policies amid rising COVID-19 cases.
  • It's Friday, September 17th. The Montana premier of We Burn Like This which was filmed in Billings, the recent surge of COVID-19 leads to rationed health care at a Helena-area hospital and a conversation about why one school district changes it's mask requirements.
  • It's Thursday, September 16th. An update on wildfire season, lawmakers study Medicaid coverage of abortion and, as COVID-19 cases surge, hospitals say they can't get enough staff to keep up.
  • It's Wednesday, September 15th. Tribes call for emergency federal wolf protections, state lawmakers study ways to change the judicial branch and how business leaders are responding to President Joe Biden's nationwide vaccine mandate.