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.


It's Friday, June 26th. Federal coronavirus relief funding for schools, detection of a fungus that has killed millions of bats and how local food systems have adapted during the pandemic.

It's Thursday, June 25th. Coronavirus cases spike, a collapsed irrigation canal along Montana's Hi-Line and how educators have adapted during the pandemic.

It's Wednesday, June 24th. NorthWestern Energy's efforts to recoup Colstrip coal-fired power plant losses, the state's financial outlook and criminal justice reform during the coronavirus pandemic.

It's Tuesday, June 23rd. Updates on coronavirus, the proposal to make temporary shooting bans in areas north of Yellowstone National Park permanent and how manufacturers in Montana pivoted due to the pandemic.

It's Monday, June 22nd. Universities prepare to reopen in the fall, a Native American family reaches a settlement with the FBI and protests related to the coronavirus pandemic.

It's Friday, June 19th. The latest updates on coronavirus, a possible permanent ban on flavored vaping products and the next installment of our collaborative series on aging in Montana.

It's Thursday, June 18th. Snapshot testing for coronavirus, permanent funding for public lands management programs and we explore what federal recognition six months ago means for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians now.

It's Wednesday, June 17th. Oil and gas leasing in the Badger-Two Medicine area, Montana's Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Programs and we hear about preparations for the 2020 fire season.

It's Tuesday, June 16th. A slight rise in oil prices, public lands management and updates on Black Lives Matter demonstrations which have continued across the state.

It's Monday, June 15th. An emergancy homeless shelter in Kalispell closed, anti-racist action in Bozeman and how Montana firefighters plan to simultaneously combat wildfires and the spread of coronavirus.