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Saturday's Guests (August 25): Todd Akin, "legitimate rape," Mitt Romney and the birthers, "Fear of a Black President"

On Saturday's show, we'll examine the moral and political aspects of the controversy surrounding Missouri Republican Senatorial Candidate Rep. Todd Akin's abortion comments, and we'll take a deep dive into the history of a spurious myth that has somehow persisted in many far-right circles: that women cannot become pregnant if they are "legitimately" raped. And we'll discuss racial politics with a blockbuster panel that includes Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the riveting new essay "Fear of a Black President" in The Atlantic.

Joining Chris at 8 AM ET on MSNBC will be:

Katha Pollitt, columnist for The Nation.

Esther Armah, author, playwright, and radio host of WBAI-FM's "Wake Up Call."

Jay Smooth, host of WBAI-FM's "Underground Railroad."

Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer for Newsweek/Daily Beast and author of "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World."

Melissa Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" and professor at Tulane University.

W. Kamau Bell, comedian and host of FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood."

Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life.

:: Blogged by Katherine Guthrie (@kguth1130), production assistant for Up w/ Chris Hayes ::