9 episodes

The sign above his hospital bed called him Sixty-Six Garage. For more than 15 years, he would lay there unidentified and unconscious. Or so, everyone believed. From L.A. Times Studios and the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Room 20,” a story about the search for a man’s identity and the truth about his accident. Investigative reporter Joanne Faryon’s two-year journey is filled with twists and turns. Now, she'll finally reveal who Garage really is. But one important question remained for her upon this discovery: has Garage been conscious this entire time? This series was produced by L.A. Times Studios with support from Neon Hum Media.

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    • 4.2, 4.8K Ratings

The sign above his hospital bed called him Sixty-Six Garage. For more than 15 years, he would lay there unidentified and unconscious. Or so, everyone believed. From L.A. Times Studios and the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Man in the Window,” comes “Room 20,” a story about the search for a man’s identity and the truth about his accident. Investigative reporter Joanne Faryon’s two-year journey is filled with twists and turns. Now, she'll finally reveal who Garage really is. But one important question remained for her upon this discovery: has Garage been conscious this entire time? This series was produced by L.A. Times Studios with support from Neon Hum Media.

    Introducing California City, presented by LAist Studios

    Introducing California City, presented by LAist Studios

    California City is out now! California City is a new investigative podcast series from LAist Studios. 

    Deep in the Mojave Desert, there is a little town with a big name and a bizarre history: California City. For decades, real estate developers have sold a dream here: if you buy land now, you’ll be rich one day. Thousands of people bought this dream. Many were young couples and hard-working immigrants looking to build a better future. But much of the land they bought is nearly worthless. In this new podcast from LAist Studios, host Emily Guerin tells a story of money, power and deception.

    Listen and subscribe today wherever you’re listening now or at http://laist.com/californiacity

    • 7 min
    Wondery Presents GURU: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

    Wondery Presents GURU: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

    When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.

    Listen today at wondery.fm/Room20_Guru

    • 6 min
    Is He in There?

    Is He in There?

    Episode 6: Omar, the roommate, speaks and Garage sees his sister for the first time since he was a teenager. Faryon learns she is not responsible for her mother’s death and convinces a world expert on diagnosing consciousness to test Garage. She’s finally able to answer the question she had when she first met Garage - is he still in there?

    • 32 min
    The Reunion

    The Reunion

    Episode 5: The nursing home director contacts Garage’s family to break the news of his medical condition. Faryon travels to Ohio to learn what led Garage to the California desert in the summer of 1999. Garage celebrates his birthday for the first time in 17 years.

    • 23 min
    The Name

    The Name

    Episode 4: Sixty-Six Garage is identified and Faryon tracks down another man in the same accident as Garage. She learns what really caused the crash and begins to suspect authorities might have known Garage’s identity since the day of the accident.

    • 27 min
    The Border

    The Border

    Episode 3: Sixty-Six Garage gets a new roommate - Omar Salgado - a young cyclist hit by a car on a highway. He’s unconscious and near death. There’s a major breakthrough in identifying Garage - will he recognize his name?

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
4.8K Ratings

4.8K Ratings

H2hoooooe ,

Good Storytelling BUT

Good storytelling but...you should try to learn at least a tiny bit of Spanish if you’re going to be living in San Diego. It’s important to hear the stories of undocumented people but they don’t need your pity, and it seems like that’s the tone of this podcast. Also the people in Mexico City weren’t carrying paintings of Mary in the Festival of the Virgen De Guadalupe, they were carrying paintings of The Virgen De Guadeloupe. It’s not necessarily interchangeable.

MinelaRdz ,

Good story 🥰

This was a good story to listen to, not all people might agree with how we act in some situations but the story and the way you tell it i liked 👍🏼

EmBee12! ,

White Savior Complex ALERT

I listened through the series as a test to see how often I could pinpoint moments of white saviorism and white centering AKA racism in this podcast.

Please keep these things in mind when listening to stories from white reporters about immigrant issues. There are many moments where the narrator dehumanized the people in her stories.

- having access to him without supervision. Imagine not being able to communicate and a strange white lady is holding a microphone as you are drowning in your own saliva.
- when she “works up the courage to touch him” without his consent.
- playing footage of others calling people “illegals”
- Requiring everyone around you to translate for you because you didn’t hire your own translator thus using services and labor for free. Or you could just learn some Spanish....
- Saying she was “lucky enough” to see the migrant workers in the fields and disrupting their work to ask probing personal questions. PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE NOT FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT.
- What bothers me the most is her lack of focus on his family. After finding his family she spends one episode speaking with his sister and then say says “it was too expensive for her to visit” and then the narrator continues to visit without consent or effort to solve the issue she generated...
- did her sister want to take her brother off life support? Did anyone ask? What are her wishes as his only remaining family.
- you can’t have neuroscientists come do tests on him without consent from his family. Which continues to dehumanize him and sees that even with a family he has no rights.
- the last scene where she says that who knows what he’s thinking but it makes me happy when he smiles at me... well... as long as you feel good about your self... that’s the only thing that matters.

Next time talk to some experts, show some empathy, do some research, don’t perpetuate the dehumanization of immigrants. White ladies STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU.

Also... all of you freaking out about pitbull comments... how about you actually care about humans being treated unfairly instead of dogs... the freaking irony.
Thank you,
A fellow white lady

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