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‘Just Kids from the Bronx’ by Arlene Alda celebrates the borough’s charms and history

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We depart from the heavy issues we usually discuss on this program to take a nostalgic look at one of the only places in the world that has the article “the” as part of its location.

There's the Vatican, the Hague and the Bronx. Da Bronx, as the natives call it.

There is so much history in Da Bronx and so many fond memories. It’s where so many young lives were inspired to reach for high goals -- to name a few, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, author Mary Higgins Clark, Al Pacino, and comedians Robert Klein, Carl Reiner and Regis Philbin.

Arlene Alda set out to record an oral history of the Bronx, and she's done a brilliant job of it in her book "Just Kids from the Bronx". Arlene is a prolific writer -- this is her 19th book. She's also a mother of three daughters and eight grandchildren. And she’s the wife of acclaimed actor Alan Alda.

They join us on this special episode of “News Closeup.” In the third segment, titled “What makes the Bronx so magical," we are also joined by Steve Samtur, the founder and publisher of Back to the Bronx magazine and producer of the documentary “A View from the Stoop.”