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Episode 1: Welcome to Washington Fina Mendoza

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Release Date: 10/25/2019

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How do you explain the events of January 6th to children? This special is designed to help talk to young people about the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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How do you explain the events of January 6th to children? This special is designed to help talk to young people about the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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Every family celebrates the holidays in their own special way. This year, we spend time with the Mendoza family during their first December in Washington, D.C. as they remember past celebrations and experience new traditions. 

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To thank you this Thanksgiving week, we're reprising our Thanksgiving episode of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast. Thank you for listening. Season two begins in late January.

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Halloween isn't the only holiday celebrated at this time of year. In the Mexican Catholic tradition, families celebrate Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead - on All Saints and All Souls day with sugar skulls and picnics at the cemetery.

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We know you're impatient for more Fina Mendoza Mysteries. We're working hard on Season Two, but we wanted to share a sneak preview of the coming season called State of the Union. It's based on The Fina Mendoza Mysteries series of novels published by Chesapeake Press. "State of the Union" is available NOW at your local indie bookstore, Barnes & Noble or Amazon, or you can ask your local public library to order the book. Autographed bookplates & bookmarks: info at chesapeakepress.org.

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Fina Mendoza has a mystery to solve: who sent her classmates pizza? Her teacher has a challenge of her own: how to teach her 4th grade students about the attack on the U.S. Capitol. She looks to John Adams for inspiration.

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Fina Mendoza, the ten-year-old daughter of a congressman, solves mysteries on Capitol Hill. Her 4th grade class is competing with 5th graders in a reading competition to see who can read the most pages. The prize: free pizza. Her class loses the contest. But pizza mysteriously appears anyway at the front door of all the fourth graders. How?

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In this year of upended traditions, we check in with the Mendoza family as they remember their own favorite Christmas past. And we celebrate a Capitol Hill tradition: the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree.

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I’ll bet you didn’t get to ride in a parade or spend Thanksgiving with your congressman dad answering questions at a Veteran’s hall. That’s how Fina's spending her Thanksgiving on a return visit to California.

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Meet Fina Mendoza. She spends her after school hours in the U.S. Capitol where her father is a congressman. While hunting down a lost sweatshirt in the Capitol Crypt, Fina stumbles over a mysterious creature. Is it the ghost of George Washington? Or perhaps the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill? 

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is written and produced by Kitty Felde. 

Our cast includes: 

Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza 

Raul Garza – Papa 

Christine Avila - Abuelita 

Linda Graves - Claudia 

Melanie MacQueen - Capitol Policewoman 

Wenzel Jones - Statue of Caesar Rodney

Elizabeth Logun - Demon Cat 

Members of Congress - Alan Canterbury, Stephanie Zielonka, Joanie Anglin, and Tad Daley 

Associate Producer - Hannah Matzecki 

Associate Sound Designer - Hunter Felde 

Music Composed and Performed - Andrew Barkan 

Logo Designer - Imelda Hinojosa       

Special thanks this week to Matt Lazlo and his interns Ben Morse and Eva Hofman. And thanks to Village Green. 

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the award-winning book “Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.” 

You can find out more at our website finamendozamysteries.com