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Just Kids from the Bronx - Telling It the Way It Was: an Oral History

Arlene Alda

A touching and provocative collection of autobiographical anecdotes that evoke the history of one of America's most influential boroughs--the Bronx--through some of its many success stories The vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda's Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew's Millard (Mickey) Drexler got his street smarts and his first jobs, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel were urged to pursue science and where music-making inspired hip hop's Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever. The parks, the pick-up games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food--for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh. Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs--experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, the mornings on the Grand Concourse and afternoons in the halls of Bronx Science, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.

A touching and provocative collection of autobiographical anecdotes that evoke the history of one of America's most influential boroughs--the Bronx--through some of its many success stories The vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda's Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew's Millard (Mickey) Drexler got his street smarts and his first jobs, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel were urged to pursue science and where music-making inspired hip hop's Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever. The parks, the pick-up games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food--for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh. Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs--experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, the mornings on the Grand Concourse and afternoons in the halls of Bronx Science, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.
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A touching and provocative collection of autobiographical anecdotes that evoke the history of one of America's most influential boroughs--the Bronx--through some of its many success stories The vivid oral histories in Arlene Alda's Just Kids from the Bronx reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is where Michael Kay, the New York Yankees' play-by-play broadcaster, first experienced baseball, where J. Crew's Millard (Mickey) Drexler got his street smarts and his first jobs, where Neil deGrasse Tyson and Dava Sobel were urged to pursue science and where music-making inspired hip hop's Grandmaster Melle Mel to change the world of music forever. The parks, the pick-up games, the tough and tender mothers, the politics, the gangs, the food--for people who grew up in the Bronx, childhood recollections are fresh. Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, Bobby Bonilla, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs--experiences spanning six decades of Bronx living. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, the mornings on the Grand Concourse and afternoons in the halls of Bronx Science, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx from the early twentieth century until today.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Alda

Length:

8h 10m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:26


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:18


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:48


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:37


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:57


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

10:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

11:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:22


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:39


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:13


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:56


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

12:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:47


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:54


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:47


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:46


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:13


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

15:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

11:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

10:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:38


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

00:31