Joseph Shapiro is a NPR News Investigations correspondent.

In this role, Shapiro takes on long-term reporting projects and covers breaking news stories for NPR's news shows.

Shapiro's major investigative stories include his reports on the failure of colleges and universities to punish for on-campus sexual assaults; the inadequacy of civil rights laws designed to get the elderly and people with disabilities out of nursing homes, and the little-known profits involved in the production of medical products from donated human cadavers.

Closing Walter Reed
1:12 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

'Change Is Hard': Army, Navy Hospitals Merge

Supporters from the D.C chapter of Free Republic send off the final patients from Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Saturday.
Maggie Starbard NPR

There's a lot of good sense behind closing two famous and nearby military hospitals and merging them into the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. But just looking at the name reveals both what's good about this merger and what makes it so tricky.

Walter Reed was a famous Army doctor, and for more than a century his name was on the Army's iconic hospital in Washington, D.C. Now that hospital is shutting its doors, and Reed's name will go onto the new hospital built on the Navy's flagship medical campus in Bethesda, Md., 6 miles away.

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Television
1:09 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

End Of An Era: A Telethon Without Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis, shown here in July, was dropped from the MDA Labor Day Telethon for reasons that are still unclear.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

For decades, Labor Day weekend has meant the Jerry Lewis telethon for muscular dystrophy. But this year, for the first time in 46 years, Jerry Lewis won't be on the show. The 85-year-old comedian has been dropped from the program for reasons that are still unclear.

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Sports
1:03 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

After Scandal, Ohio State To Hit Football Field

Ohio State's new head coach, Luke Fickell, says he wants the Buckeyes' performance to define the team.
Terry Gilliam AP

Originally published on Sat September 3, 2011 8:17 am

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Middle East
1:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

U.N. Review Of Israeli Flotilla Raid Reopens Wounds

The U.N.'s review of an Israeli commando raid on a Turkish flotilla last year was intended to help resolve the matter, but its release Friday only seemed to reopen the wound.

While Israel was pleased that the panel found its blockade of Gaza legitimate, Turkey has expelled Israel's ambassador and downgraded relations.

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Nigeria: More Than 40 Killed In Religious Clashes

At least 42 people have died in the city Jos in Nigeria after clashes between Christians and Muslims. Bloomberg reports:

Twenty Christians were killed by gunshots and machetes, according to Abraham Hassan, a spokesman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, while the corpses of 22 Muslims are in the city's central mosque, Sabo Shuaib, spokesman for the Jama'tul Nasril Islam group, said today by phone.

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It's All Politics
12:25 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Cheney: I'd Still Like To Know Why Palin Quit As Governor

Sarah Palin in Fairbanks on July 26, 2009, the day she delivered her farewell speech as Alaska governor.
Eric Engman Getty Images

"I've never gotten around the question of her having left the governorship of Alaska in mid-term," former Vice President Dick Cheney said today when asked about fellow Republican Sarah Palin and her suitability for national office.

"I've never heard that adequately explained. ... I'd like to know more about that," Cheney added.

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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001
12:22 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Russian Ambassador To U.S.: Don't Flee Afghanistan

Andrei Avetisyan, Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan, first came to Kabul during the Soviet War.
Nishant Dahiya NPR

When the Soviet military occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s, Andrey Avetisyan served as a young diplomat in Kabul who witnessed a war that ultimately ended with a humiliating Soviet withdrawal.

Today, he is back in Kabul, this time as the Russian ambassador. And his advice to the United States is not to pull out of Afghanistan precipitously.

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Netflix Loses Contract With Starz; Stock Drops 9 Percent

Just as it had raised prices on its internet streaming customers, Netflix has lost a contract with one of its big content providers. The AP reports that Starz Entertainment, better known as a premium cable channel, announced it was walking away from a contract with Netflix that allowed it to stream Starz TV shows and movies over the internet.

The AP adds:

That means Starz content will be removed from Netflix's streaming service starting in March. Starz' library includes movies from Walt Disney Co.'s assorted studios and, until recently, Sony Corp.

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Business
11:25 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Why Stores Sell Halloween Stuff Before Labor Day

If you walk into the Safeway near Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown, you'll see a small display of Halloween decorations: witches hats, haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns — the works. That might not seem so strange if it were October or even late September. But it hasn't even hit Labor Day yet.

Safeway isn't the only retailer getting a jump on the holiday. Across the city, shoppers will find Halloween merchandise in Walgreens, Claire's Accessories, Target and Macy's.

The National Retail Federation doesn't have hard numbers on this trend, but the group does have anecdotal data.

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