Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life
Diaries ›

Juan’s Diaries: Looking at the Rio Grande

Teenage Diaries Revisited Listen to Juan's diary 16 years later »

Juan and his family crossed the Rio Grande into Texas in 1992. They lived undocumented in a poor community just this side of the U.S.-Mexican border. We gave him a cassette recorder to document his life there for NPR.

Almost two decades later, we gave Juan another recorder to report on his life as an adult. In many ways, Juan has achieved the American Dream – he has a house, a good job, and three American kids. But…he’s still undocumented. Listen to Juan’s original story and his new audio diary about life today.

Comments are closed.

You may also like ...


From the Archive: Josh’s Diary

Twenty-five years ago, Josh Cutler was a 16-year old living with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological condition that often causes physical and verbal tics.


Emily’s Diary: Teenage Days

Emily gives an inside look at “sportos,” “krusties,” “krinkles,” and how being a teenager isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.