Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Life Under the Radar

“I wish I could just take my label off, like when you buy a new pair of jeans, just rip it off. But it hasn’t happened.” -Juan Rodriguez

16 years ago, Juan reported on his life as a recent Mexican immigrant living on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. In his new diary, Juan takes us on a tour of the life he has built since he first crossed the Rio Grande. It looks a lot like the typical American dream: a house, 2 cars, 3 kids—except for the fact he’s still living illegally in the U.S.

Listen to Juan’s Teenage Diary, and a story he told live at The Moth

Learn more about the Teenage Diaries Revisited series on npr.org

Produced by Joe Richman and Sarah Kate Kramer
Edited by Deborah George and Ben Shapiro
Mixed by Ben Shapiro

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