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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

Release Date: 07/26/2022

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. Actor Steve DeVorkin channels our big orange dog Senator Something on the show. But this season, he also tackles another role: the House Chaplain Fr. Andrew. Find out more about the cast at the . Find out the in The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast.  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 State of...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. Actress Amy Solano plays Fina Mendoza. And here's a secret: she's not really a 10-year-old girl. Find out more about the cast at the . Find out the in The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast.  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 State of the Union, at the website . That’s also where you can...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. In real life, actress Monica Vigil is a brand new third grade teacher. On The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast, she plays Fina Mendoza's older sister Gabby. Monica talks about her character in Season 2 and her real-life relationship with actress Amy Solano who plays Fina.  Find out more about the cast at the . Find out the in The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast.  Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. Steven Cuevas spends much of his time as a public radio journalist, interviewing politicians. In The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast, he plays a politician, Congressman Arturo Mendoza of California's 34th congressional district. Steven talks to writer/producer Kitty Felde about his character and real-life politicians LA City Attorney Mike Feuer and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Want to know the Facts Behind the Fiction in The Fina Mendoza Mysteries?...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. There are two Fina in the Mendoza household: Fina, the 10-year-old detective in the U.S. Capitol, and her grandmother Abuelita. Actress Christine Avila brings Abuelita to life. Meet her in this bonuse episode. Want to know the Facts Behind the Fiction in The Fina Mendoza Mysteries? Check out our . Season 2 of The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book State of the Union, by , published by Chesapeake Press. You can...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. In Episode 18, all of Washington is talking about the capture of the Burrowing Owl that pooped on the president during the State of the Union address. But not about Fina. Papa's political fundraiser with LA food trucks seems to be a huge success. And Fina gets a very special letter. Want to know the in this episode? This week, we highlight some of the more creative events over the years. The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are written and produced by...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. In Episode 17, Fina and her loyal canine companion Senator Something track down Chickcharney in one of the U.S. Capitol's  parking garages. But will Fina learn the bird's secret message? Want to know the in this episode? This week, we explain The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are written and produced by Kitty Felde. Our cast includes: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Monica Vigil - Gabby Christine Avila - Abuelita Steven Cuevas - Congressman Arturo...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysterious animals in the U.S. Capitol. In Episode 16, Fina's investigation takes her to the National Zoo where she finds out more about the Burrowing Owls. But Fina's client Monica suffers a major setback. Want to know the Facts Behind the Fiction in this episode? This week, we explain . The Fina Mendoza Mysteries are written and produced by Kitty Felde. Our cast includes: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Steven Cuevas - Congressman Arturo Mendoza Linda Graves - Claudia Elizabeth Logun - Bird...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysteries in the U.S. Capitol. 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.  Want to know more about the Facts Behind the Fiction? This week, our blog takes a look at a . How much does Congress really work? Our cast includes: Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza Steven Cuevas - Papa Christina Avila - Abuelita Monica Vigil - Gabby Imelda Hinojosa - Tia Catalina Steve Devorkin - Father...

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The Fina Mendoza Mysteries follow the adventures of the 10-year-old daughter of a congressman, investigating mysteries in the U.S. Capitol. 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...

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Our cast includes:

Amy Solano - Fina Mendoza

Christine Avila - Abuelita

Monica Vigil - Gabby

Imelda Hinojosa - Tia Catalina

Steven Cuevas - Papa

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