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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Release Date: 05/31/2022

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina uses her detecting skills to help her father find her grandmother who has run away from home. Their search takes them to a church basement kitchen.  Our cast includes: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Steven Cuevas - Papa Christina Avila - Abuelita Monica Vigil - Gabby Imelda Hinojosa - Tia Catalina Steve Devorkin - Father Andrew 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 State of the Union, by , published by Chesapeake...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina discovers some important clues about the mysterious bird that pooped on the president. Her teacher helps her solve some difficult math problems. And Fina tries to solve the mysteries of dogs. The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are written and produced by Kitty Felde. In Episode 14, Congressman Arturo Mendoza scolds his mother for participating in an immigration protest at the U.S. Capitol - and then going on TV to talk about it. This at a time when he has been appointed to a bipartisan group negotiating immigration reform legislation. He also refers to the Minority Leader as his “boss.” Who...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina's father and grandmother have an enormous fight with serious consequences. And there's nothing Fina can do about it. In Episode 13, Congressman Arturo Mendoza scolds his mother for participating in an immigration protest at the U.S. Capitol - and then going on TV to talk about it. Is it illegal for the relative of a member of Congress to protest in front of the U.S. Capitol? Click to read about the rules about relatives in Congress in our Facts Behind the Fiction blog. Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book State of the Union, by Kitty Felde, published by...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina's grandmother takes her to a meeting where an immigration reform protest is being organized. Abuelita's activism results in a major dispute with her son, Congressman Arturo Mendoza after she's nearly arrested outside the U.S. Capitol. Protests outside the U.S. Capitol are nothing new.  Click  to read about the history of protests outside the U.S. Capitol in our Facts Behind the Fiction blog. Cast: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Christine Avila - Abuelita Monica Vigil - Gabby Adolfo Guzman Lopez - Flip Claudi Peschuita - Vicki Bill Chappelle - Protest Coach Alexandra Bank - TV...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Fina is on the hunt for Chickcharney in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, but the hunt leads to some serious consequences. In Episode 11 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast, Fina is  wandering around the tunnel that connects the U.S. Capitol with the House office buildings and says: “That’s funny. I never noticed that before. One side of the Cannon tunnel has all that high school art. They’re not very good. Oh, that one is! But on the other wall, there’s nothing but giant pipes, all painted white. I guess nobody notices the ugly wall because you’re too busy looking at the...

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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. In Episode 10 of Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries, Abuelita insisted that the family attend mass at a new church.  Is that church real? What's the history of the Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.?  Read all about Catholics...

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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...

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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. In episode 9 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries, Fina and her family spot a familiar face at Sunday mass: the House Chaplain. Who's the House Chaplain? How Long have we had one? Click to read more about the House Chaplain in our Facts Behind the Fiction blog. Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book State of the Union, by , published by Chesapeake Press. You can get an autographed copy...

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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. In Episode 8 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries, Fina asks: Is there anything in the paper about the bird that pooped on the president, Papa? PAPA: Not a word. The news cycle has moved on. What's a news cycle? Click to read more about the News Cycle in our Facts Behind the Fiction blog. Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book State of the Union, by , published by Chesapeake Press. You can get an autographed copy of...

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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. In Episode 7, Fina’s sister Gabby suggests that she do some bird research at the website of the Audubon Society. Fina stumbles upon an article that says if a bird poops on your head, it's supposed to be good luck. What are some common bird myths? Click to read more about bird myths in our Facts Behind the Fiction blog. Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast...

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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. 

In episode 5 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast, everyone assumes the bird that pooped on the President is an eagle. Fina’s 4th grade class is even assigned a homework project: find all the eagles in Washington, DC.

Where are all the eagles in Washington?

Click HERE to read more about the eagles in the U.S. Capitol in our Facts Behind the Fiction blog.

Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book State of the Union, by Kitty Felde, published by Chesapeake Press. You can get an autographed copy of State of the Union, at the website Chesapeakepress.org. That’s also where you can find out more about the cast and crew of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries and a free download of the 56-page Teacher’s Guide to the book and the podcast just by signing up for our newsletter. Every week, that newsletter includes the facts behind the fiction in the Fina Mendoza Mysteries.

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 - Chickcharney

Gordon Brooks - the policeman on the walkie talkie

Steve DeVorkin - Senator Something

Andrea Felix-Cervantes is our stage manager. Our theme music is written and performed by Andrew Barkan, and our logo designer is Imelda Hinojosa.