Since 1996, the Teenage Diaries series has given tape recorders to young people around the country to report on their own lives. They conduct interviews, keep an audio journal, and record the sounds of daily life -- usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year. Each diarist has final authority over what ends up in their story. All of their material is then edited into the 15-to-30-minute documentaries airing on NPR's All Things Considered. Whether it's the story of Amanda, a gay teen trying to understand her sexuality, or the story of Juan, who crossed the Rio Grande with his family illegally, these stories offer great insight into the mysterious life of teenagers, with some surprising and extremely moving conclusions. This CD is also available in the Teen Reporter Handbook.
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1. Amanda - Girlfriend
2. Josh: Growing Up With Tourette's
3. Melissa: Teen Mom
4. Juan: Looking at the Rio Grande
5. Jeff: Halfrican
6. Nick: Home School to High School