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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Release Date: 04/05/2022

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

The Mendoza family finally find a church that feels like home. And Abuelita finds a new community of activists. And Gabby gets her phone back. Meanwhile, Fina is not happy with her new detecting partner St. Sebastian. He's a bird dog and easily distracted. But Fina has a breakthrough in her investigation of the bird that pooped on the head of the President. Our cast includes: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Christine Avila - Abuelita Monica Vigil - Gabby Steven Cuevas - Papa Linda Graves - Claudia Steve DeVorkin - Fr. Andrew Andrea Felix-Cervantes is our stage manager. Our music is written and...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

After the attack on the Capitol on January 6th of last year, we saw the need to help parents and teachers talk to kids about what happened – without scaring them half to death, and to put the insurrection in some sort of historic context that kids could understand. We created a special episode called LOSING IS DEMOCRATIC with FREE that can be used in the classroom. We taped the episode during the pandemic when kids were learning remotely. Now with the televised congressional hearings looking at the January 6th attack, we’ve again heard from parents looking for ways to have a conversation...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina enlists the help of an expert as she continues the search for the bird that pooped on the President: a bird dog. Meanwhile, Gabby's in the doghouse for posting selfies on Instagram. Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Christine Avila - Abuelita Monica Vigil - Gabby Steven Cuevas - Papa Elizabeth Logun - St. Sebastian Mindy Shaw - the zoo intern Steve DeVorkin - Fr. Andrew and Senator Something Andrea Felix-Cervantes is our stage manager. Our music is written and performed by Andrew Barkan, and our logo designer is Imelda Hinojosa. Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

All of Washington is shut down for the storm of the century. Meanwhile, Californians Fina and her sister Gabby learn the joys...and the downsides of snow. Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Monica Vigil - Gabby Steven Cuevas - Papa Christine Avila - Abuelita Laura Segal - Congresswoman Mitchell Mindy Shaw - the voice on the zoo recording Susan Valot - Ms. Greenwood India Scalione - Becka Ian Muchiri - Michael Mark Muchiri - Brian, Mica Scalione - Margaret Leo Schodorf - Mason Isla Schodorf - Cara Steve DeVorkin - Senator Something Andrea Felix-Cervantes is our stage manager. Our music is written and...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina continues her investigation into finding the bird that pooped on the President. And she gets a new client: the dog that belongs to the House Chaplain. Meanwhile, Washington DC and the Mendoza family prepare for a blizzard. Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Monica Vigil - Gabby Steven Cuevas - Congressman Mendoza Christine Avila - Abuelita Elizabeth Logun - St. Sebastian Alexandra Bank - Mary Louise Guffey Tad Daley - the anchor Bill Case - Memphis the weatherman Steve DeVorkin - Fr. Andrew and Senator Something Andrea Felix-Cervantes is our stage manager. Our theme music is written and performed...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina is still on the hunt for the bird that pooped on the President Fina's father was just named to a bipartisan group of lawmakers to come up with an immigration bill. Unfortunately, Senator Something wasn't invited, but he manages to disrupt the press conference announcing the group. Meanwhile, Fina's older sister Gabby is fighting with their grandmother over a dance and a dress code. Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Steven Cuevas - Congressman Mendoza Christine Avila - Abuelita Monica Vigil - Gabby Ellie Song - Congresswoman Woo Claudia Peschiutta - Vicki Linda Graves - Claudia Steve DeVorkin -...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

All of Washington is on the hunt for the bird that pooped on the President - including Fina Mendoza. Social media is having a field day. There's even a hashtag: PoopOnPOTUS.  Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Steven Cuevas - Congressman Mendoza Monica Vigil - Gabby Christine Avila - Abuelita Tamika Katon-Donegal - Monica Linda Graves - Claudia Ken Rudin and Garrett Brown - the political pundits Kevin Carr - Eagle Burger commercial announcer Susan Valot Ms. Greenwood Ian Kunithia - Michael India Scalione - Becka Mica Scalione - Margaret Leo Schodorf - Mason Isla Schodorf - Cara Elizabeth Logun -...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

That mysterious bird poops on the president's head during the State of the Union address and Fina and her grandmother are up in the House Gallery, watching when it happens. Papa gives the State of the Union rebuttal speech about immigration reform. The House Minority Leader gives a party. Kitty Felde is writer producer. Cast: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Christine Avila - Abuelita Steven Cuevas - Papa Linda Graves - Claudia Mark Bramhall - President of the United States Rosalie Huntington - Minority Leader Ian Kunithia -Michael Wenzel Jones - Waiter DeeDee Chapelle - Stage Manager Music in the...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina decides to take the case of the mysterious Chickcharney... maybe it has a secret message for her! Amy Solano as Fina Mendoza, Tamika Katon-Donegal as Monica, Steven Cuevas as Papa, Monica Vigil as Gabby. And Steve DeVorkin is Senator Something. Andrea Felix-Cervantes is our stage manager. Our music is written and performed by Andrew Barkan, and our logo designer is Imelda Hinojosa. Download the free, 56-page Teacher's Guide at finamendozamysteries.com.

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina's grandmother finally arrives in Washington, but she seems more excited about seeing a statue of her hero: Ronald Reagan. Meanwhile, Fina enlists the talents of her detecting partner, a big orange dog named Senator Something. The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are written and produced by Kitty Felde. Cast: Fina - Amy Solano Papa - Steven Cuevas Gabby - Monica Vigil Abuelita - Christine Avila Driver - Paul Cummings Becka - India Scalione Michael - Ian Kinuthia Congresswoman Mitchell - Laura Stegman John the Staffer - Steve Gamber Senator Something - Steve DeVorkin Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza...

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You can't do a political show in Washington DC without a political pundit. We have two of them on State of the Union: Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast. One of them is real: the host of Ken Rudin's Political Junkie, public radio's Ken Rudin. He's joined by actor Garrett M. Brown (Sisters) as his partner in punditry. 

Ken and Garrett were asked to riff on the events at the State of the Union address. Their conversation becomes the background of one of Season 2's episodes. But we thought it would be fun to hear the entire conversation. As a sneak preview of Season 2, we're sharing their punditry.

Season 2 launches on May 3.