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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.

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Is He in There? | 6

Is He in There? | 6

2019-08-2000:32:5234

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?
The Reunion | 5

The Reunion | 5

2019-08-1300:23:5530

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.
The Name | 4

The Name | 4

2019-08-0600:28:0030

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.
The Border | 3

The Border | 3

2019-08-0100:22:3434

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?
The Intersection | 2

The Intersection | 2

2019-07-3000:21:3435

An old newspaper article provides clues to Garage’s accident, but many of the details turn out to be false. Faryon finds the accident report that everyone believed was destroyed years ago, and it becomes her roadmap in solving Garage’s mystery.
The First Six Days | 1

The First Six Days | 1

2019-07-3000:27:3448

Reporter Joanne Faryon quits her job to find out what happened to a man known as Sixty-Six Garage. After spending six days with him in his nursing home room, she starts to question whether he’s actually in a vegetative state, like she was first told.
Introducing Room 20

Introducing Room 20

2019-07-1800:02:1924

For more than 15 years, a man named Sixty-Six Garage would lay unidentified and unconscious. Or so everyone believed. Reported, written and hosted by reporter Joanne Faryon. Premieres July 30.
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zaryahlin Neula

I have been a while back w t in the next few weeks to see if you are interested in this case the same as when I get

Oct 9th
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chase sims

I'm not crying, I just have something in both of my eyes...

Oct 5th
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Laura Miller

This story was truly therapeutic for me. I, unfortunately, had faced the same situation as the reporter. First at the age of 19 years old. My high school sweetheart, best friend and husband was also in a car accident and suffered severe head injuries and again at the age of 45. My 20 year old son was killed by his roommate's brother. Both times I was told that my loved ones would never recover and I should think about taking them off life support. At the age of 19, I was not prepared to make such a life altering decision. Heck, at the age of 45, I still was not prepared to make this decision. By the Grace of God, I didn't have to. My husband passed while in surgery, the same night of his accident and my Son passed 10 days after he was shot. Though I often wonder if they would have pulled through as Omar had done or stayed in the same state (mentally and physically) as Ignacio. Truly an amazing story!!!

Oct 2nd
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Kristinnuendo

yay Omar! A happy ending that wasn't expected :)

Sep 25th
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Kristinnuendo

2:47

Sep 24th
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Michelle Monroe

really liked this podcast. It was sad, but also informative.

Sep 23rd
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christine picard

I would rather just have them let me die.

Sep 18th
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w clark

Thanks for a beautifully delivered story. Heart-strings well and truly tugged.

Sep 10th
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Leah Barid

I'm only on the 1st episode. But did anyone else notice that she seems to refer to him as "Philip" on her report of her second day? Maybe just an error in editing? Or maybe I'll learn more about it in later episodes? Anyway, I'm really enjoying it so far!

Sep 8th
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Leah Barid

I'm only on episode 1. but did anyone else notice that she seems to refer to him as "Phillip" on her report of her 2nd day? maybe just a slip up in editing? Maybe I'll learn more aabott that later? Anyway, just wondering if I'm hearing things.

Sep 8th
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Jim Thornburg

ok I'm ugly crying at 20:00

Sep 5th
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bird boy

great job on the podcast

Aug 31st
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David Estrada

Hearing this episode what she describes is a bunch of negligence by the nursing team. the white stuff in his mouth should be easy cleaned by the nurse assistant, the grunting could be easily resolved by suctioning excessive secretions in the back of his throat, the long overgrown fingernails shows the lack of simple bedside care, the stiffness is not normal, if the restorative nurse assistant does the minimum range of motion exercises on the upper and lower extremities, the small thin frame (wasted) is not normal, the dietitian needed to take care of his dietetic needs. what happens here is the guy has no FAM and he's no we'll take care off.

Aug 31st
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Sean Rosenau

How the hell is a reporter more of a medical expert than a doctor? She thinks he's not in a vegitative state? Who's she to say that?

Aug 29th
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Sara

great podcast. don't love that we've paid for 20 years of medical care. smh.

Aug 27th
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Lisa Shaw

This series highlights the tragedy of applying long term life support to severly injured people in America. Thank goodness I live in a country where this 'vent farm' mentality is not supported

Aug 25th
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Shalena

Great story! I feel for Garage, I wonder why in the beginning of the story she went to visit the site of the accident and it was made clear that there was never a stop sign at that intersection. By the end of the story she concludes that the truck was being chased by border patrol and ran the stop sign, causing the accident. An error in editing perhaps?

Aug 25th
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Monica Boehringer

What an incredible and powerful piece of journalism. Just when I was thinking that the world is a rotten and bitter place - this extraordinary story restores my faith in the kindness and generosity that we are all capable of. She could have just walked away - but chose to become part of the story. Sometimes, we have to make really hard decisions. Hearing this, I feel like we're not alone in making them. Thank you for this.

Aug 22nd
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Wicked Lil Pixie

maybe I missed it, but where was Omar's family?

Aug 21st
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Angie Stockton

was the cognitive alertness test ever given to him in spanish? he probably does not understand english being from mexico

Aug 20th
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