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There are fewer women in office in California now than there were ten years ago. Is the pipeline broken? And the way we talk to teen girls about sex needs an update according to author Peggy Orenstein. Her new book, Girls and Sex talks frankly about the private lives of girls and young women. Then, Manson Family member Leslie Van Houten was recommended for parole this week. A reporter who covered her trial weighs in on whether Van Houten should get out of jail. Finally, our weekly roundup of new releases including The Jungle Book and Barbershop: The Next Cut.

ImageSen. Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein at Boxer's victory rally on election night, Nov. 2, 2010 (Hillel Aron)

Women in Politics 12 MIN, 38 SEC

After the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in the early nineties, an unprecedented number of women ran for public office. Has that enthusiasm waned? Let’s look at California. There are 120 state lawmakers in Sacramento and about a quarter of them are women. But it looks like that number will shrink after the next election. The same trajectory is playing out in California’s Congressional delegation. A decade ago, California was represented by 31 women in Congress. Now there are 19. Three of them will be leaving at the end of this term, and two are likely to be replaced by men. Why are so few women seeking office these days?

Cristina Garcia, Assemblywoman (@AsmGarcia)
Rachel Michelin, California Women Lead (@RachelEMichelin)

'Girls and Sex' 14 MIN, 40 SEC

Teenage girls are more empowered today than ever before. They’re told they can do whatever boys can do. They’re encouraged to study science and math, to become designers, athletes, artists or entrepreneurs. They’re told to be proud of who they are and to take control of their own lives. But what about their private lives -- their sex lives? Well, that’s a different story as Peggy Orenstein found out. She’s a journalist and author and her new book is called Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape.

Peggy Orenstein, Author (@peggyorenstein)

Should Leslie Van Houten Go Free? 9 MIN, 18 SEC

After nearly a half century in prison, Manson Family murderer Leslie Van Houten may be set free. The parole board recommended freedom yesterday. It was her 20th appearance before the board. Van Houten was convicted of killing Leno and Rosemary LaBianca - a couple who lived in Los Feliz. She, Charles Manson and two others left a grisly scene. It was the summer of 1969 when the Manson killings took place. Van Houten is now 66 years old. Patricia Krenwinkel - another Manson murderer - is the only woman who’s been in a California prison longer.

Linda Deutsch, Associated Press (@LindaDeutsch)

Movie Reviews: 'The Jungle Book' and a New 'Barbershop' Movie 14 MIN, 48 SEC

There’s a remake, a sequel and a musical flick at the movies this weekend. We have reviews of The Jungle Book, Barbershop: The Next Cut and the musical coming-of-age flick Sing Street.

Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)

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