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Press Kit for Teenage Diaries Revisited


NPR AND RADIO DIARIES REVISIT PIONEERING ‘TEENAGE DIARIES’ SERIES, 16 YEARS LATER

NEW STORIES FROM FIVE ORIGINAL DIARISTS,

MAY 6-10 ON ‘ALL THINGS CONSIDERED’ & NPR.ORG

CONTEST WITH COWBIRD.COM TO FIND NEXT TEENAGE DIARISTS

Download the ‘Teenage Diaries Revisited’ press release

Contact information:

NPR Media Relations Contact:   Cara Philbin 202.513.2757 / cphilbin@npr.org

Sarah Kramer, Radio Diaries Associate Producer, sarah@radiodiaries.org

Joe Richman, Radio Diaries Executive Producer, joe@radiodiaries.org

Be part of the conversation @NPRGenListen and @RadioDiaries

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Teenage Diaries Photos:

(“Now” photos should be credited to David Gilkey/NPR)

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Teenage Diaries Revisited Audio (New Series)

Preview clips on NPR’s Generation Listen’s SoundCloud page

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Teenage Diaries Audio (Original Series):

Juan’s Teenage Diary

Melissa’s Teenage Diary

Frankie’s Teenage Diary

Josh’s Teenage Diary

Amanda’s Teenage Diary

The stories are free to embed via Sound Cloud. (click “Share“, then “Widget Code“)

Contact us if you need an mp3.

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Quotes:

“Sixteen years ago I was just a kid with a lot of dreams,” says Juan, who is still an undocumented immigrant. “Some of them worked, some of them didn’t.”

—Juan (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“If you meet me on the street it’s not even going to cross your mind that I’m an illegal resident. I’ve been here for so longI’m one of you.”

—Juan (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“I recorded it because I had a lot on my mind, and it made me feel better when I talked about it. When you talk about it those thoughts and those feelings kind of fade away a little bit. Kinda make you understand the situation you’re in.”

—Melissa Rodriguez (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“16 years, of course that’s a long time, that’s a lot of years, that’s a lot of months, it’s a lot of days, it’s a lot of issues, going through it. But then once you’re done with them, 16 years later you look at it, you’re like, where did those 16 years go?”

Melissa Rodriguez (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“You know, when I was 18 I just thought you gave birth to a cute little kid and everybody was gonna love him, you was gonna love him. He was gonna be healthy and he was just gonna be smiling all the time and cheery-eyed and all that good stuff. That’s how you think when you’re young, that if you give ‘em love, that’s all they need. You never think about what could possibly happen.”

Melissa Rodriguez (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“We were brought up being taught differently, but I think we as a family have really evolved. ”

Amanda Brand’s mother, Kathy Brand (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“Looking back at it as an older person, I feel a little bit more comfortable with where she came from.”

Amanda Brand (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

I was one out of the one million that thought I’d be a football player and I’m grown up and I was one of the one million that didn’t make it.

—Frankie Lewchuk (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“For everybody who’s listening out there, I mean, is your life the same today as it was 16 years ago? Probably not.”

—Josh Cutler (Teenage Diaries Revisited)

“The lesson I learned from documenting my experience is that in some ways the cold, cruel world is not as cold and cruel as I used to think it was.”

—Josh Cutler (as a teenager)

“The philosophy of Radio Diaries is that extraordinary stories can be found in ordinary places, and everyday life can be newsworthy.”

—Joe Richman

“There are some stories that can only be told by those who live them.”

—Joe Richman

 

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