Room 20

Reviews For Room 20

Episode 6 of the Room 20 series gave me the creeps. She talks to the patients with the tone of voice that someone uses when talking to a toddler. She may not have meant to come across as condescending but man, she really does. He’s brain damaged, but he’s still an adult.
This was a very good story. I appreciate how it all came around in the end. I love that she was so open about her mother’s death and that she was trying so hard for that family. Wonderful story!! I wish all well!! Many lessons in this listen!!
Feels very weird to hear the reporter talking to Sixty Six Garage in a baby voice, not to mention “working up the courage” to touch him without his consent and recording him on audio/video. It feels like the story is primarily about the reporter’s feelings and personal growth so far, which I think is very iffy ethically. Also the pit bull comment was a major eye roll.
This podcast is gross. Feel free to listen if you like stories where the reporter exploits disabled people who can’t consent for themselves while making the story all about themselves.
Wow, this blew me away. I was literally in tears for the reunion episode. Just incredible.
I loved this podcast! I am a true crime addict, for sure, so this story was certainly a deviation - one I’m so glad I experienced! Thank you, Joanne, for your curiosity, compassion, commitment & storytelling ability. Absolutely a ‘must listen.’
Thank you so much for this podcast, I am speechless.. beautiful detailed, a must listen.
I found this to be SO interesting! Put together and told very well.
A human being ! You’re probably one of those “ pro life” hypocrites.
Journalists tries her best to make a story about something that’s not really that big of a story. It’s a feel good story if that’s what your looking for but not really reporting g on anything of substance. The pit bull portion was weak, as was the portrayal of the highway patrol as the bad actors. People complain about healthcare but yet we are wasting 4 million on a illegal with no close ties to the community but most importantly isn’t surging with any quality of life. Sad look at our healthcare system. Feel more for the guy, that no one allowed him to Rest In Peace.

5/5

By bee589
I enjoyed this podcast so much I couldn’t stop listening. It is well done and extremely interesting! It also reflects the goodness of human kind which is refreshing.
Was really intrigued by the storyline and impressed with lengths the reporter went to give the public a more personal and in-depth look into those that live in a vegetative state. Unfortunately, I was quickly distracted and extremely disappointed at the pitbull comment. Not once but twice did the reporter feel the need to call out the dogs breed to explain why she’s afraid of the dog that was barking at her for walking on their property. Having a platform to tell a story takes on a responsibility. It’s truly unfortunate that the reporter used this story to paint another negative image towards pitbulls. Be careful with how you tell a story and become educated! If you were scared of a dog, no need to mention the breed!
Illuminating, Sad

3/5

I always find it odd when an actor is hired to translate and puts on a awful accent. If production did it for effect, why not just hire someone with the accent you are looking for?

5/5

By Ett'Ulv
...an amazing story. This is the first pod cast “story” that I’ve listened to straight through without falling asleep. I usually fall asleep half way through the first or second episode. The story was a little familiar. I’ve been searching for my daughters father who is from Oaxaca. We met here in the US and he was deported...a long story. I am glad many questions were answered. And I’ll tell you this, you’ll never get an honest answer from BP about that night. They don’t want to take any responsibility. So again, thank you for this and giving him back his name and his family.

5/5

It was a great store. I usually only listen to pod cast when I’m driving. I listened once I got home.
I listen to A LOT of podcasts. This is the 1st time I have felt so moved to write a review. Thank you thank you to Joanne for bringing this story to life. Figuratively and literally! And thank you to Mr. Ed Kirkpatrick for caring about all human beings (no matter who they are or from where they’ve come) and for operating a place where people care for those that are so helpless and vulnerable. This is an amazing story...
Could not get past the baby talk the journalist was giving to the patient. Pass on this podcast.
It’s amazing how you take a story and claim its “investigative” when you simply regurgitate information already out there and then aim to put the blame on the border patrol when it was clearly the illegal immigrants fault. Won’t listen to anything else put out by this person...
Thank you Joanne Faryon for a touching, intelligent and well researched Podcast. I am recommending it to all I know. It’s a shame to read only a few reviews that show meanness and ignorance. I hope a loved one of theirs is never reduced to low functioning. You are truly sweet and caring :-)
This podcast was very gripping, and I appreciated how the narrators own past was woven in with the premise of the story. Amazing how much was done as a result of this investigation after so many years. At times, it seemed a like white savior attitude. She tried to speak in English to an incapacitated man who speaks Spanish, brought him baby toys, and dangled things in front of his face. I understand that he is in a “vegetative state,” but he is still a grown man and a human being who doesn’t need to be spoken to in a high pitched voice like a baby.

3/5

By kmad6
Beyond annoyed by the need to trash pit bulls. 🙄
It is so unfortunate that the investigator never completed research about head injured patients. It is painful to listen. Had to stop.
Episode 1 I was already annoyed that she wasn’t viewing a HUMAN as a HUMAN until she saw other people treating him as a HUMAN. Then... episode 2.. “I love dogs but I’m terrified of pitbulls”. How.... sheltered....of a person. I’m sorry but I’m pretty sure ALL dogs bite. Not just pit bulls. How...ignorant. I’m trying not to be judgmental. I really am. I’m trying to understand that not everyone has grown up with... flavor? I guess? But Jesus. Was this journalist 12 while recording this podcast?
I enjoyed everything about this podcast. Loved the story. Loved that the reporter connected with both patients and was able to find answers in her own life through her experience with these 2 beautiful innocent souls. I was captivated and connected in every way. Great reporting and investigating. Keep up the great work!
For a podcast that’s only 20-25 minutes per episode, having two ad breaks is a bit excessive and annoying.
I got 5 minutes into episode 2 and decided I was done when the host said she “loves dogs but is terrified of pitbulls.” Grow up.
Oof this has me in tears at time. Powerful.
Beautiful story that brought me to tears. I dont know what brought me to this podcast, but I needed it....for the same reasons as our host did, and was able to gain closure in an almost identical situation as she went through.
What begins as a disturbing headline in the news, becomes an incredible journey for one reporter. She sheds light on a troubling epidemic; raising thought-provoking questions about its complexities. Almost simultaneously, her curiosity and determination for answers in this case evolves into a powerful, sometimes heartbreaking account of how deeply valuing the life and identity of another human being can open doors to clarity, healing, and hope. Her candid nature drew me in from the beginning and left me wanting to team up with her to ‘CSI the hell’ out of unsolved cases! Thank you, Joann, for sharing your inspiring story!
This is an interesting story but I wish she would stop complaining about pit bulls who are very good dogs.

3/5

On episode 5 now. I listen to podcasts all the time since I drive a lot for work. This one is interesting but not my favorite. But....what’s up with the lady who does the advertisements?? She seems out of place.
This poorly produced podcast made me appreciate the dozens of well-crafted podcasts I usually listen to. This "journalist" could use some additional training in writing, editing and ethical reporting. I couldn't justify continuing after the 4th episode and am surprised the LA times let it be broadcast on the first place.
I had a very similar situation with my mother as Joanne (the narrator) did. For years I have had that same aching feeling that Joanne speaks about in the last episode. (I won’t give it away). I just want to thank her for doing the hard part to not only ease HER mind and heart, but those of many of her listeners as well.
SPOILER! Very interesting story that is unlike other mystery/crime-type podcasts out there. This one also ends is a pretty uplifting and hopeful way. It also draws attention to two topics not covered by other podcasts: the long-term care of vegetative patients and the mysterious medical plight of an unknown illegal immigrant.
Peoples negative reviews on here are honestly unjustified and super harsh. I thought it was a interesting story and was done well. The journalist clearly is a decent human with compassion. Definitely an emotional and heavy story for multiple reasons.
Thanks for bringing this compelling story
She did a nice job explaining who 66 Garage really was and helping his family locate him.
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.
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.
Wonderfully researched & reported.
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.
Thank you for sharing this story.
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.
The advertisements drove me crazy. It’s coTTon not coddon! The podcast was ok.

1/5

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

5/5

By 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😢😢💔