WGXC Afternoon Show: May Elbaz Belschner, Zaïri Malcolm, Kasey Charles, Mikayla Foster
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In the latest Hudson Valley Word of Mouth segment, Julia Joern visits The Knitting Room, a shop located on Route 23 in Windham, just on the border of Ashland. Co-owned by long-time friends and knitting aficionados, May Elbaz Belschner and Zaïri Malcolm, The Knitting Room is a place to discover a diverse and colorful selection of carefully-sourced natural yarns, cashmere wools, and plenty more, with a focus on brands that are independently-owned, eco-friendly, and committed to sustainable practices. Local makers are also featured, including Cake Wool Co., a small batch indie dye company from Saugerties founded by Alissa Baptista. The Knitting Room is also a community spot for knitting and crocheting classes and workshops, tailored to both the beginner and expert alike. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, May arrived in New York in 1999, eventually buying a weekend house in Windham in 2015. Her business partner, Zaïri, was born in London of Caribbean descent and moved to Brooklyn when she was a young girl. May and Zaïri each worked in fashion and costume design -- meeting on a film set in the wardrobe department -- and also shared a passion for knitting, often being part of the same knitting groups in the city. Inspired by knitting cafes and wanting a shop of their own, in 2018 they decided to start The Knitting Room in a vacant store (right next door to Mountain Breeze Yoga) in Windham. Zaïri recently relocated to upstate New York, and now lives in Greene County. And after police targeting, arrest, and continued harassment of Black, Trans, activists Kasey Charles (He, Him, His) and Mikayla Foster (They, Them, Theirs) organizers in the Black Abolitionist Directive turned themselves in to the Schenectady Police on Thursday September 23, 2021. Shortly after they held a press conference and speak out just outside the entrance to the police department. Reported by Jody Cowan for WOOC and WGXC. Also, the Latin American, Carribbean, and U.S. Latino and Latina Studies program at the University at Albany has many students working on interesting and important research projects to improve the understanding of people who make up a large part of our population. WOOC's Moses Nagel spoke to Eric Macias about his research on undocumented youth. And, New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that she had chosen the Champlain Hudson Power Express to build transmission lines to bring electricity from Hydro Quebec to NYC. Gary Wockner of North America Mega Dam Resistance Alliance explains with WOOC's Mark Dunlea some of the environmental and climate problems with the project, which still needs further approval, as well as its impact on Indigenous people in Canada. Plus, new music from Oneohtrix Point Never; and the trio of Francisco Mela, Matthew Shipp, and William Parker is featured.
The show features local news, interviews with community leaders and personalities, a rundown of local and regional events, weather updates, and more about and for the community. The show is a place for a community conversation about issues, with music, and more. Saturday the emphasis is more on radio art, and art on the radio. Unlike shows by individual programmers on the station, the "WGXC Afternoon Show" is considered partially station-run. The Wednesday show calls itself the "Drive-Time Show" and Sunday's is "Li Le, Le Tan."