Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Juan’s Diary, Revisited


Juan looking at a photo of himself as a teenager. (Photo: David Gilkey/NPR)

I met Juan more than 16 years ago. I gave him a tape recorder to document his life for our Teenage Diaries series.  Juan was living illegally on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande in a small trailer with his parents and nine brothers and sisters. More than 16 years later, Juan has achieved a version of the American dream: a good job, happy marriage, three kids, two cars, and his own home. But he’s still undocumented.

Listen to Juan’s new diary in our series Teenage Diaries Revisited on npr.org.

Thanks for listening,


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