For immediate release
November 3, 1998

NPR's "Teenage Diaries" Follows Boston Teenager
Through Questions of Racial Identity

WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, November 13, NPR® broadcasts the audio diary of a teenager trying to define his own racial identity. "Jeff's Diary: Halfrican," is the newest in a series of "Teenage Diaries" airing nationally during NPR's evening newsmagazine All Things Considered®. (Please check with your local NPR station for broadcast times.)

The narrator of this audio portrait is Jeff Rogers, a 16 year-old from Boston. Jeff, whose father is black and mother is white, calls himself a "halfrican." In the early 1970's, when Jeff's parents got married, they confronted questions about race almost every day. Jeff, on the other hand, never thought much about his own color as he was growing up. He has always had a foot in two worlds. But these days, he is frequently getting asked one particular question: "What are you?"

Over the last three months, Jeff has kept an audio diary of his life, documenting his family, his friends, and his search for identity. The result is a thought-provoking commentary offering a glimpse into how history, race, fate, and geography have converged to affect the life of one teenager late in the 20th century.

Jeff's story is produced by Joe Richman, an award-winning reporter and producer for NPR who also serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism. Richman is the producer of "Teenage Diaries" and "American Diaries," the pioneering documentary series which give people from all walks of life a tape recorder and a chance to share their lives with listeners of NPR's All Things Considered.

National Public Radio®, a membership organization of 604 public radio stations across America, is radio's leading provider of high-quality news, information and cultural programming. NPR is the producer and distributor of such noted programs as Morning Edition®, Weekend Edition®, Performance Today® and Car Talk®.