Today's Takeaway | August 21, 2012

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Analyzing the potential repercussions of Representative Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment | Obama threatens military action against Syria if the Assad regime indicates use of chemical weapons | Remembering eccentric comedian Phyllis Diller | Harvard geneticist encodes his book into 70 billion copies of DNA code | Mary Elizabeth Williams gives us a guide to "legitimate rape" | A journalist tells us what it's like to report from rebel headquarters in Syria | George Gilder on his book 'Wealth and Poverty' and its influence today | Historian Frederik Logevall uses new material to trace the history of America's involvement in Vietnam.