Series: Radio Diaries

11:30am

Fri May 10, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Mother And Son Listen To The Past

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:18 am

In the late 1990s, Melissa Rodriguez struggled to create a stable life at home for her son, who is now a teenager. Together, they've faced many challenges.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Melissa Rodriguez

Hometown: New Haven, Conn.

Current city: Orange, N.J.

Occupation: Customer service representative

Then:

"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."

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11:10am

Thu May 9, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Growing Up With Tourette's

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am

In 1996, Josh Cutler took his tape recorder to high school, documenting his effort to live a normal life. Today, he also documents his efforts to live a normal life with a brain that often betrays him.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Josh Cutler

Hometown: New York, N.Y.

Current City: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: ESL teacher

Then:

"I look just like a normal person, except after a while you'd realize I don't act much like a normal person."

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11:28am

Wed May 8, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: From Kicking A Football To Kicking Meth

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am

Frankie Lewchuk had been a high school football star whose picture was in his hometown newspaper every week. Now, after struggling with a crystal meth addiction, he is trying to repair his life.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Frankie Lewchuk

Hometown: Mentone, Ala.

Current city: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Occupation: Car stereo installer

Then:

"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."

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11:44am

Tue May 7, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Living Life Under The Radar

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am

Juan
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Juan (NPR is not revealing his full name, because he is living in the country illegally.)

Hometown: Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico

Current city: Denver

Occupation: Plumber

His first radio diary:

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11:08am

Mon May 6, 2013
Radio Diaries

Teenage Diaries Revisited: A Gay Teen's Family, 'Evolved'

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:19 am

Amanda as a teenager (left). She now lives in Manhattan and works as a massage therapist.
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Name: Amanda Brand

Hometown: Queens, N.Y.

Current city: New York, N.Y.

Occupation: Massage therapist

Then:

"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.' "

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