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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, June 18th. Record-breaking visitation at Glacier National Park, updates on fires burning throughout Montana and the finalized plans for a new Wellness Center to serve the Fort peck Tribes.
  • It's Thursday, June 17th. A third round of federal stimulus payouts to Montana cities and towns, funding to improve recreational sites and public access along the Lower Yellowstone River and updates on complex fires burning in the state.
  • It's June 16, 2021. On today’s Worm, Governor Greg Gianforte declares a state of emergency after severe thunderstorms lead to power outages. And a fire causes evacuations near Red Lodge. You’ll hear about that and more on the Worm with YPR's Kayla Desroches filling in for Worm host and producer Jess Sheldahl.
  • It's Tuesday, June 15th. On today’s Worm, Montana education officials surveyed students and teachers about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly three hundred thousand people visited Glacier in May. You’ll hear about that and more on the Worm with YPR's Kayla Desroches filling in for Worm host and producer Jess Sheldahl.
  • It’s Monday, June 14. On today’s Worm, Native American advocates are celebrating a recent Supreme Court decision that tribal police officers have the authority to pull over and search non-Native suspects, but advocates say there’s work to be done. Also, the first woman elected to Congress and a former Montana representative could get a place on a U.S. coin. That and more on the Worm with YPR's Kayla Desroches filling in for Worm host and producer Jess Sheldahl.
  • It's Friday, June 11th. Members of the commission in charge of redrawing the state’s new congressional and legislative districts are in disagreement over how to start drawing lines, and Yellowstone County saw its youngest death due a COVID-19 related illness.That and more on this episode of the Worm with YPR's Kayla Desroches filling in for Worm host and producer Jess Sheldahl.
  • It's Thursday, June 10th. Montana's U.S. Senators react to the developer of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline cancelling the project, the state strives to stay on top of how COVID-19 variants are evolving and Montana has a potentially fiery outlook this summer. That and more on this episode of the Worm with YPR's Kayla Desroches filling in for Worm host and producer Jess Sheldahl.
  • It's Wednesday, June 9th. Montana's U.S. senators weigh in at a hearing for Pres. Joe Biden's nominee for top land official. Also, Montana officials direct federal funds to building internet connectivity in the state. That and more on this episode of the Worm with YPR's Kayla Desroches filling in for Worm host and producer Jess Sheldahl.
  • It's Tuesday, June 8th. The commission that regulates Montana's utilities promises changes after a state audit uncovered mishandled funds and a judge extends an order blocking a new law allowing concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.
  • It's Monday, June 7th. Flooding in a Billings neighborhood prompts evacuations, the commission that regulates utilities looks to hire an executive director and COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in Yellowstone County.