As part of its acclaimed Radio Diaries
series, NPR gave several teenagers tape recorders so that they could keep audio journals, conduct interviews and capture the sounds of their everyday lives for a series of documentaries that aired on the network's All Things Considered
. Now, 16 years later, several of those citizen journalists are back for an update. NPR's Melissa Block hosts this special multimedia event, which features two of the original participants in person, who'll talk about their lives and air parts of their new stories. Melissa, the 18-year-old who gave birth to a son on the first series, describes the challenges she's faced as a single working mother, and Josh, who documented his life with Tourette's syndrome, talks about his continuing ups and downs with the disorder. Then there's Amanda, who came out at age 17, and now checks back in with her parents to explore their journeys to acceptance.
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