The Greatest MEND Podcast: Free Styling Weirdness!


Daniela Catalan hosts this month’s Greatest MEND Podcast (GMP), which finds Laz Meiman talking about those Kooky Romans, Angelica Benitez giving instructions for creating your very own zombie roach cyborg, and Daniela describing a zoo of weird animals. It’s the GMP freestyle! Everybody did a segment on whatever interested them. Very revealing!

Also this month, GMP has some new developments to report. Daniela the tech wiz has added musical scoring to her growing list of podcasting talents. She created two pieces for this month’s podcast. Angie tried on the associate producer hat and put together all the pieces of this month’s puzzle. And GMP welcomes a new member—really new! She’s GMP’s youngest podcaster yet. Welcome second grader extraordinaire, Victoria Benitez!

The Greatest MEND Podcast: Cornerstone Theater Company


“Cornerstone is a modern miracle that has never stopped believing in the power of art.”
– Amy Brenneman, Founding Member

The GMP Podcast team, Angelica Benitez, Daniela Catalan, Johana Jimenez, and Brisa Quintana, bring you a special edition of The Big Question. Today’s episode finds them interviewing Cesar Ortega and Karen Covarubias of Cornerstone Theater Company.

Cornerstone is celebrating a decade of summer residencies throughout California with a “Bridge Tour” connecting all 10 resident communities with one play: California: The Tempest. Next stop, Pacoima! Get to know and love Cornerstone with the pack from Pacoima, the Power Pod Girls…..The Greatest MEND Podcast!

Producer: Betsy Foldes Meiman
Original Music: Laz Meiman

The Greatest MEND Podcast: My Country ‘Tis of Thee


Daniela Catalan hosts for the first time! The GMP Team explores the the struggles of immigrants. First, Brisa Quintana tells us about some of our earliest immigrants, the Pilgrims, with the usual Moments in History twists and flair. Then, in contrast, Angelica Benitez reports in depth on the challenges faced by the La Bestia riders of South and Central America. Johana Jimenez follows it all up with The Big Question: how would you have felt if you were a pilgrim?

Tune in next month for a special interview with Cornerstone Theater Company, who will be performing in Pacoima in January.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Greatest MEND Podcast: Dia de los Muertos

Photo via Wikimedia By User:Leonardob0880 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just like the honored dead for Dia de los Muertos, the Greatest MEND Podcast was gone but not forgotten! We start a new podcast year with the usual suspects, and we welcome Angelica Benitaz and Daniella Catalan. Angelica jumps right in as the host for the podcast this month, and  fills us in on an unexpected side of Dia de los Muertos, while Daniella paints a picture of her family’s personal celebration. Johana Jimenez is back roaming the halls of MEND with “The Big Question,”  finding out just how much people know about this colorful and dramatic holiday.

Stay tuned for Brisa Quintana, who will be back in next month’s Greatest MEND Podcast with Moments in History!

The Greatest Mend Podcast: Special Guest Levi Ponce

Picture of Johana and Brisa with mural depicting Frida Kahlo

Big beautiful murals have blossomed all over Van Nuys Blvd in Pacoima in the last year. In this final episode of the 2013–2014 school year, the queens of podcasting, Brisa Quintana and Johana Jimenez, interview muralist Levi Ponce! After a walking tour of the twenty murals on “Mural Mile,” the girls did a little research and contacted Mr. Ponce, a Pacoima native, who gladly agreed to come to MEND for an interview.

A bunch of adjectives for Levi: young, handsome, funny, gracious, smart, prolific, industrious, daring, humble, visionary, generous, and most of all, TALENTED! At 27 he has over 50 murals to his name across the country, and is working with New Line Cinema as a special effects animation artist.

And in a hot news scoop, the girls discovered Levi has been chosen to represent the Americas in a mural at the July 18th inauguration of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico! He plans to incorporate Pacoima imagery.

Good Luck!

See some of his awesome murals on his website.

We can say we knew him when! Thank you Levi Ponce, for coming to MEND!