Series: Radio Diaries http://kunc.org en Teenage Diaries Revisited: Mother And Son Listen To The Past http://kunc.org/post/teenage-diaries-revisited-mother-and-son-listen-past <strong>Name:</strong> Melissa Rodriguez<p><strong>Hometown:</strong> New Haven, Conn.<p><strong>Current city:</strong> Orange, N.J.<p><strong>Occupation:</strong> Customer service representative<p><strong>Then: </strong><p><em>"I just started my life. I just started to go to school, I just started working, and I just didn't have anything settled yet."</em><p>In 1996, after 12 years living in the foster care system, Melissa recorded a diary about getting pregnant and becoming a mother. She was trying to straddle life as a teenager with the coming responsibilities of parenthood. Fri, 10 May 2013 17:30:00 +0000 44125 at http://kunc.org Teenage Diaries Revisited: Mother And Son Listen To The Past Teenage Diaries Revisited: Growing Up With Tourette's http://kunc.org/post/teenage-diaries-revisited-growing-tourettes <strong>Name:</strong> Josh Cutler<p><strong>Hometown:</strong> New York, N.Y.<p><strong>Current City:</strong> New York, N.Y.<p><strong>Occupation:</strong> ESL teacher<p><strong>Then: </strong><p><em>"I look just like a normal person, except after a while you'd realize I don't act much like a normal person."</em><p>Josh has Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and verbal outbursts. He took his tape recorder to high school, documenting his efforts to live a normal life. "Girls are a very touchy topic with me," he said. Thu, 09 May 2013 17:10:00 +0000 44070 at http://kunc.org Teenage Diaries Revisited: Growing Up With Tourette's Teenage Diaries Revisited: From Kicking A Football To Kicking Meth http://kunc.org/post/teenage-diaries-revisited-kicking-football-kicking-meth <strong>Name:</strong> Frankie Lewchuk<p><strong>Hometown:</strong> Mentone, Ala.<p><strong>Current city:</strong> Chattanooga, Tenn.<p><strong>Occupation:</strong> Car stereo installer<p><strong>Then: </strong><p><em>"I used to be a wimp in school. ... Since I started playing football in 9<sup>th</sup> and 10<sup>th</sup> grade, all I did was get a haircut, start wearing decent clothes and play sports. Now I'm a popular person... and I want to keep it going that way."</em><p>Frankie was a high school football star whose picture was in his hometown newspaper every week. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:28:00 +0000 44021 at http://kunc.org Teenage Diaries Revisited: From Kicking A Football To Kicking Meth Teenage Diaries Revisited: Living Life Under The Radar http://kunc.org/post/teenage-diaries-revisited-living-life-under-radar <strong>Name:</strong> Juan (NPR is not revealing his full name, because he is living in the country illegally.)<p><strong>Hometown:</strong> Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico<p><strong>Current city:</strong> Denver<p><strong>Occupation:</strong> Plumber<p><strong>His first radio diary: </strong><p>Juan came to the U.S. with his family, who crossed the Rio Grande illegally in 1992, and he spent his teen years in Texas, a few hundred feet from that same river. The family lived in a trailer. At times, there was no food to eat. Tue, 07 May 2013 17:44:00 +0000 43966 at http://kunc.org Teenage Diaries Revisited: Living Life Under The Radar Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved' http://kunc.org/post/teenage-diaries-revisited-gay-teens-family-evolved <strong>Name:</strong> Amanda Brand<p><strong>Hometown:</strong> Queens, N.Y.<p><strong>Current city:</strong> New York, N.Y.<p><strong>Occupation:</strong> Massage therapist<p><strong>Then: </strong><p><em>"My mother's always yelling at me, 'How are you supposed to find a man?'... I tell her, I'm like, 'I'm not interested in men.' "</em><p>Amanda is gay. Her family is Catholic, and when she was a teenager, her parents were convinced she was only going through a phase. Back then, Amanda recorded a diary about coming out to her parents and to the world. Mon, 06 May 2013 17:08:00 +0000 43908 at http://kunc.org Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved'