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Jessica Mendoza

Jessica Mendoza

Editor, It's Been A Minute

Jessica Mendoza (she/her) is an editor on It's Been a Minute, where she edits stories and interviews for the podcast and for broadcast.

Before joining NPR, she was a reporter, podcast producer and host for The Christian Science Monitor. Her work in audio includes series on the ways accent and language shape identity, the challenges women faced during the first year of the pandemic and the legacy of racist violence in Tulsa, Okla. Mendoza also served as the Monitor's West Coast correspondent out of Los Angeles for two years before being assigned to cover Congress and national politics in Washington, D.C.

Mendoza started her career as a DJ for a top 40 radio station in Manila, Philippines, where she grew up. She also covered amateur and professional basketball leagues as a sideline reporter for television, and hosted live events in Manila – everything from weddings to press conferences to concerts. An honors graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, she got her master's degree in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Godfather' and the limits of on-screen representation

From our friends at Pop Culture Happy Hour, a deep dive on The Godfather – and why the classic film was not universally loved by the Italian-American community that it portrayed. This episode is part one of the new three-part podcast series Screening Ourselves, which is all about the complicated relationships between on-screen characters and the people they aim to represent.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Godfather' and the limits of on-screen representation

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Lionel Messi's last World Cup? Plus, a 'Diasporican' Thanksgiving

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Skincare culture runs deep — and celebrities are cashing in

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The Grim Reaper of retail: Spirit Halloween

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'Los Espookys' co-creator Julio Torres hates main character energy

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Taylor Swift is peak millennial vibes

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