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 U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki (C) listens to representatives testify before the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face to get medical treatment.

The Gabfest panelists have much to talk about this week: trouble at the VA, a long-awaited cover story for the Atlantic, new FCC proposals and more.

On the political spectrum, the panelists discuss the Veterans Affairs scandal. Several years in the making, leaked memos indicate gaming strategies to make wait times for medical appointments seem shorter. Then, an exploration of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Atlantic article “The Case For Reparations.” The cover story makes an argument that gaps between black and white people are the result of purposeful policy decisions.

On the cultural side, the panelists discuss Penny Dreadful, a new Showtime drama set in 1890s London. Chipotle has a new marketing campaign which features original stories by acclaimed authors on their cups and bags – but is that really necessary? They’ll also talk about the FCC’s latest proposals, which may jeopardize net neutrality. Hear how the future of the web could look under the proposed rulings.

You'll find links to some of the items mentioned in this episode on the Political Gabfest and Culture Gabfest show pages. You can also join the Gabfest discussion all week long at the Political Gabfest Facebook page and the Culture Gabfest Facebook page