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Sixteen years ago, a group of teenagers from around the country were given tape recorders to document their lives for a project called "Teenage Diaries," and the series aired NPR's All Things Considered. "Teenage Diaries Revisited" brings back five of the diarists to talk about their lives today. We check in with two of them: Josh, who had Tourette’s Syndrome, and Melissa, who gave birth to her son as a teenager.
In high school, Josh documented his life with Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. Today, Josh has overcome Tourette’s enough to become a NYC public school teacher, but not enough to remain one. Josh’s new diary is about trying to live a normal adult life with a brain that often betrays him.