3 Episodes | First Released: Jul 18 '19
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.
Label
fos03
Dec 19 '19
Rating:   10
Interesting

Thanks for bringing this compelling story

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Huge sports fan in OHIO
Dec 18 '19
Rating:   10
Interesting

She did a nice job explaining who 66 Garage really was and helping his family locate him.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
CleanEatsGirl
Dec 18 '19
Rating:   4
Mixed review

Agree with what many others have said. Felt the story trailed away and at the end felt it was a waste of time. There was no big mystery here. Also amazed that 4 million dollars have been spent on an illegal to keep someone in a vegetative state. To what point? Would not recommend this. Not a great use of time.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
dmont1212
Dec 11 '19
Rating:   10
Riveting

Wonderfully researched & reported.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
falsecrime
Dec 11 '19
Rating:   8
Four out of five

Not bad, but didn’t live up to the hype. Also, I don’t get why Vulture’s This Week In True Crime Podcasts installment from 8/15/19 classified this as true crime... it’s a true story... but ostensibly the only sense in which ‘crime’ is relevant is that the hit and run car crash, which was likely more of a criminally reckless accident than a premeditated malicious act.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Moxiegretl
Dec 2 '19
Rating:   8
Sad but true

Overall, the story and journalist was good and a compelling human interest story. I think she did a thorough job here, but its definitely a sad story. Pretty impressive that she helped to identify this John Doe. It was a little annoying she talked to him (and Omar) like a baby, even if his cognitive ability is that of a two-year old—it sounds super condescending IMO. Just talk to them like people. This next bit did not affect my rating: whomever is reading the ads needs practice, yikes. There is a finesse to public speaking, especially for the radio/podcasts and that should include ads to some extent. These were really hard to listen to, like a high school forensics/theater student.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
SabaRocks
Nov 26 '19
Rating:   10
Riveting and informative

Thank you for sharing this story.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
MongeMoglia
Nov 25 '19
Rating:   2
Shameful endeavor

Reporter searches for expiation while ignoring all common decency. Searching for the patient’s name was noble; riding rough shod over his other identities, no. While expressing dismay over other institutions’ reductions, the writer justifies many of her own. Be careful when trafficking in the suffering of others.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Jen-01
Nov 23 '19
Rating:   6
Nails on a chalkboard

The advertisements drove me crazy. It’s coTTon not coddon! The podcast was ok.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
(yomo)
Nov 21 '19
Rating:   2
Too much

Couldn’t get past the first episode because I realized it’s another podcast about the narrators experience rather than the actual story. Pass.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Fah-q Obama
Nov 21 '19
Rating:   2
Well....

Listened to all the episodes in a night...my takeaways:1) Narrator solved a John Doe case but it felt disingenuous as this was the ONLY objective focus.2) Narrator demonizes the people enforcing US laws (border patrol).3) Instead of calling it what it is: illegal immigration, the narrator uses “undocumented immigrants” to describe the subjects. Narrator goes out of her way to point out how “interviewees” describe them as “illegals”, I question her implication.4) Given his condition, Doe’s sister sounded surprised (almost disappointed) they kept her brother alive. It felt like his sister had written him off long ago. Best part of the Podcast was the narrator’s tenacity which led to tracking down Doe’s identity; beyond that it felt politically charged.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
mellymel0418
Nov 21 '19
Rating:   2
Pass.

The narrator is a naive Canadian who borders on annoying. This is the story of an illegal who has been on life support in the US for over 15 years and has cost taxpayers over $4 million. I did laugh out loud when narrator refused to give Ignacio's last name because "he's undocumented". Um yeah... pretty sure every single person knows that already! Especially since you worked directly with border patrol. Just no.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
106lane
Nov 19 '19
Rating:   10
106lane

I couldn’t stop listening to your podcast. I found it both sad and hopeful, I can’t imagine begin trapped in my body and I couldn’t let anyone know I’m still in help😢😢💔

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Katherine P. M.
Nov 15 '19
Rating:   4
Not a fan

Many things about this show really rubbed me the wrong way - the way Nacho is used as a pawn in this narrator’s effort to make peace with her own past, her ignorance of other cultures (try learning basic Spanish or at least bring along a translator for all visits, not just one), or the narrators presentation and focus on aspects of those who are “other” from her...and more. It felt more like she was on a “journey” and used this man’s story to find some sort of comfort about herself, not really tell HIS story. I guess she does say something to that effect in the opening title but it still felt off-putting. Also the woman’s voice who did the ads was annoying as hell. She sounded like a whiney stereotypical caricature of a millennial.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Nurse Shell
Nov 14 '19
Rating:   10
So captivating!!

I couldn’t stop listening to Room 20! I am a nurse & this really touch my heart.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
dkdjhahb
Nov 11 '19
Rating:   10
❤️

Loved it. You covered this mans story beautifully. I couldn’t stop listening.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
samsssss1
Nov 1 '19
Rating:   10
Sad but awesome story!

I cried from the first episode! Seriously such a great story! ❤️

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
dharma castillo
Oct 31 '19
Rating:   6
Not sure

I’m torn, the story made me very sad and emotional. However a lot of the episodes were very problematic. I think Joann has good intentions and hindsight might be 20/20. I do tend to agree with some of the negative comments however. Potentially exploiting an underage (17) immigrants story is worrisome to me as well.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
robin_hud
Oct 27 '19
Rating:   4
Interesting at times but

I couldn’t keep going with this. The host is a little weird about the whole story.

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
Label
Giabuon
Oct 24 '19
Rating:   10
Nicely Done!!

A very captivating heartfelt story emphasizing on the seriousness of trying to cross the American borders (these patrol men do not fool around), but the story is one of compassion & determination which all plays out beautifully. People who are thinking about boarder jumping should listen to this then think again, It’s a Total nightmare . Joann has done a fine job .highly recommended!!

Reviewed on Apple Podcasts
0:00 / 0:00