Radio Diaries Revisited

Radio Diaries Revisited

Sixteen years ago, a group of teenagers from around the country were given tape recorders to document their lives for the series "Teenage Diaries." Two of the original diarists join us to talk about their lives today.

Sixteen years ago, a group of teenagers from around the country were given tape recorders to document their lives for a project called "Teenage Diaries," and the series aired NPR's All Things Considered. "Teenage Diaries Revisited" brings back five of the diarists to talk about their lives today. We check in with two of them: Josh, who had Tourette’s Syndrome, and Melissa, who gave birth to her son as a teenager.

Guests

Joe Richman

Executive Producer, Radio Diaries

Melissa Rodriguez

Participant, Teenage Diaries

Josh Cutler

participant, Teenage Diaries

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Josh: 16 Years Later

In high school, Josh documented his life with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. Today, Josh has overcome Tourette’s enough to become a NYC public school teacher, but not enough to remain one. Josh’s new diary is about trying to live a normal adult life with a brain that often betrays him.

Josh: 16 Years Earlier

Melissa: 16 Years Later

Melissa: 16 Years Earlier

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