Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:18 am
Name: Melissa Rodriguez
Hometown: New Haven, Conn.
Current city: Orange, N.J.
Occupation: Customer service representative
"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."
Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am
Name: Josh Cutler
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Current City: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: ESL teacher
"I look just like a normal person, except after a while you'd realize I don't act much like a normal person."
Name: Frankie Lewchuk
Hometown: Mentone, Ala.
Current city: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Occupation: Car stereo installer
"I used to be a wimp in school. ... Since I started playing football in 9th and 10th 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."
Name: Juan (NPR is not revealing his full name, because he is living in the country illegally.)
Hometown: Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico
Current city: Denver
His first radio diary:
Name: Amanda Brand
Hometown: Queens, N.Y.
Current city: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Massage therapist
"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.' "