Gang of Eight

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 - 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.

The Fina Mendoza Mysteries podcast is based on the book State of the Union, by Kitty Felde, published by Chesapeake Press. If you want an autographed copy of State of the Union, check out the website That’s also where you can find out more about the cast and crew of the Fina Mendoza Mysteries and also where you can find a free download of the 56-page Teacher’s Guide to the book and the podcast just by signing up for our newsletter. That newsletter highlights the facts behind the fiction in the Fina Mendoza Mysteries. This week, it’s the history of the rebuttal speech. The podcast and the book are designed to introduce civics education to elementary school students.

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