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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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
4.9K Ratings

4.9K Ratings

LaneyCon ,

Great story

Thank you for this very well done and well told story and podcast

Miz so ,

Incredible storytelling

Rarely do I tear up during a podcast but, the storytelling is next level. I am so glad people are out here telling stories of the voiceless, while dignity and grace remain. Thanks

Mandymert ,

Compassion

Thank you! Your ability to tell someone’s story, who can not speak is amazing. Your love and care for Garage is evident. You have the unique ability to capture the heart and mind of listeners.
Your story/reporting provided me with hope. Hope in this crazy world we are living in. Provided me with the actualization that there is compassion and love in this world today.
Thank you!

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