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Let Kids Vote (part two)

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Release Date: 10/13/2020

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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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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

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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It’s a new school year for Fina Mendoza, another year of distance learning. Her teacher assigns a Genius Project, letting students pick the topic they’d like to research and present to the class. Since it's an election year and Fina’s congressman father is back in California campaigning for re-election, Fina decides to research voting. Specifically, letting kids younger than 18 cast a ballot.

Real-life Congressman Mark Takano of Riverside, California zooms  with the class to answer questions about youth voting. 

There is also a mystery to be solved: who broke into their classroom, ransacking the backpacks and rifling the teacher’s desk. Fina consults with her detecting partner, a giant orange dog named Senator Something, and talks her sister into accompanying her on a field trip to see if her hunch about the culprit is correct.

There is FREE curriculum for this episode at the website: finamendozamysteries.com.

THE FINA MENDOZA MYSTERIES is based on the award-winning book "Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza" by Kitty Felde.

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are  written and produced by Kitty Felde

Our cast includes:

Amy Solano as Fina Mendoza

Monica Vigil as Gabby

 Susan Valot appears as Ms. Greenwood

India Scalione plays Becka

Eddie Pike plays Michael and

Myka Scalione plays Margaret

Laura Stegman appears as Congresswoman Mitchell

And Steve DeVorkin is Senator Something

Hannah Matzecki is our associate producer. Our music is by composer and musician Andrew Barkan. Our logo designer is Imelda Hinojosa. 

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are based on the book "Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza" by Kitty Felde. You can get an autographed copy of the book at our website finamendozamysteries.com.