For immediate release
September 16, 1999

"HOME SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL" FOLLOWS NICK, A SALT LAKE CITY TEEN, THROUGH THE SCHOOL MAZE

Special "Teenage Diary" airs September 28 on NPR's All Things Considered

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, September 28, NPR's All Things Considered presents the audio diary of a Salt Lake City teenager grappling with ambivalent feelings about attending school. "Home School to High School" is the newest in a series of Teenage Diaries airing nationally on NPR member stations.

In junior high school, Nick didn't have any friends. He dreaded going to school everyday. So he quit and, for almost a year, studied at home, teaching himself with his parents' help. Now Nick is ready for ninth grade and he's determined to give school another try. More important than math or history is Nick's hope to learn how to make friends.

As part of the Teenage Diaries series on NPR's All Things Considered, Producer Joe Richman gave Nick a tape recorder to document his life. Nick has kept an audio journal and recorded thoughts and sounds from his daily life for nearly two years. The result is a thought-provoking portrait of an American teenager who feels out of step with the mainstream and struggles to find his place in the social microcosm of public school.

Nick's diary is produced by Joe Richman, an award-winning reporter and producer for NPR. Richman is the producer of Teenage Diaries and Radio Diaries, the pioneering documentary series that give people from all walks of life a tape recorder and a chance to share their lives with NPR listeners.