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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. The Los Angeles Times newsroom was not involved in the creation of the podcast.

7 Episodes
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Is He in There? | 6

Is He in There? | 6

2019-08-2000:32:5215

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

2019-08-1300:23:5519

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

2019-08-0600:28:0018

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

2019-08-0100:22:3425

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

2019-07-3000:21:3427

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

2019-07-3000:27:3436

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

2019-07-1800:02:1917

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.
Comments (46)

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 Cates

Great story! 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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Rita Moore

Monica Boehringer 👏👍👍

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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Colleen M. Kelly

Angie Stockton There was a translator via video helping to administer the test.

Aug 21st
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Michael O'Connor

great stuff 😎 good job 👌

Aug 20th
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Julie homewood

well done to this lady, if anyone had bothered putting in half as much effort as she did to find out this poor mans identity , he could at least been referred to by a name , not by what sounds like a tow truck address !!!!

Aug 20th
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Lauren

The woman reading the ads for this podcast should not be reading ads.

Aug 18th
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Tony Rios

Lauren YES!! WTF is cotden? 🤣

Aug 20th
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wendigo

im like a couple minutes in but omg Ed sounds like dr phil and i cant get over it edit: im crying fuck

Aug 16th
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Unicorn 1

What an extraordinary woman to finally uncover his identity when no one else bothered! Such a sad story! 😥😥😥 God bless xx

Aug 16th
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Lainie

not really sure why the state kept him on life support for 15 years. seems kinda cruel.

Aug 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Lainie yes... I think so...

Aug 16th
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Tara Lacey

What a good woman, spending time with him, counting to him. This is so good! Thank you for sharing

Aug 14th
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Abbott Hill

Tara Lacey Great woman!

Aug 15th
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Sara

I don't think I've cried during a podcast as much as in the last 5 minutes of this episode 💔

Aug 14th
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Annick van der Leeuw

from Amsterdam Holland... what an amazing story so far. As an audio profesional try not to overstear the volume ( is that an english word?) Otherwise just beautifull. Waiting impatiently for the next one!

Aug 14th
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Rebecca Mullins

First few seconds in and I'm already hooked!I'm a nurse aide in a nursing home and cannot help but feel that, after a certain amount of time, being kept alive in such condition is torture. It just feels so unnatural to me. Thanks for your work on this interesting, yet personally disturbing, subject!

Aug 10th
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Rebecca Mullins

I haven't started the podcast yet, but I sincerely hope there ends up being a damn good reason for keeping him on life support for decades without consent (I'm assuming).

Aug 10th
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Natalie T

Soo good!

Aug 6th
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Santiago

Natalie T Great!

Aug 7th
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Kerri Kelly

I can't understand how no one tried to identify this person for 15 years. Disgusting

Aug 4th
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Gabriel

Kerri Kelly me too! Disguesting...

Aug 5th
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Patricia Bowden

xxxxxxxxxxd,

Aug 3rd
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Red

Please turn down your ads in the podcast! They are like 3 times louder than the podcast so they blast your ears while listening. Also, the VO of the woman recording them just yells in monotone. And there's no transition to the ads, they just start in the most loud jarring way. Please turn them down, transition them and get a professional VO actor or at least have the host read them in the same voice at her same volume.

Aug 1st
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Noah

Red I agree!!

Aug 2nd
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