Marine Lance CPL. Andrew Zemore, 23, from Fredericksburg, Va., is a self-described troublemaker who liked to party too much. Zemore said he fell into the Marine Corps and now is on a Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team where he searches out bombs with a hand-held metal detector.
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Marine PFC. Dave Kroha, 23, from Cromwell, Conn., plays with his bomb sniffing dog Mike. Kroha dropped out of college and was in a few bar fights before his mother jokingly suggested that he go and fight for his country. The next day he enlisted in the Marine Corps.
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A very small number of Americans are now serving in the military — less than 1 percent. Some are looking for direction; others are inspired by a sense of patriotism or by a family member who served in an earlier war. In the series Who Serves, NPR looks at the soldiers that made a decision few others today have — to fight in America's wars.
Private First Class Dave Kroha from Cromwell, Conn. is a lanky 23-year-old stuffed into the back of an armored vehicle that rumbles along a dusty road in Afghanistan. His wire-rimmed glasses are held together by tape.
Civics teacher Devin Carberry talks about the bystander effect in relation to the Holocaust with his high school class at the ARISE Charter School in Oakland, Calif.
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Dr. Phil Zimbardo has a new project, one that aims to change his legacy in a dramatic way: to turn regular people into heroes.
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In 1971, at Stanford University, a young psychology professor created a simulated prison. Some of the young men playing the guards became sadistic, even violent, and the experiment had to be stopped.
The results of the Stanford Prison Experiment showed that people tend to conform — even when that means otherwise good people doing terrible things. Since then, the experiment has been used to help explain everything from Nazi Germany to Abu Ghraib.
Two Girl Scouts want the organization to stop using palm oil in Girl Scout Cookies. They've started a petition and gathered 67,000 signatures.
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Girl Scouts of the USA has said it's too late to avoid using palm oil in this year's batch of Girl Scout Cookies, but the organization will look into using other kinds of oil in future years.
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A lot of adult environmentalists have been trying for years to focus attention on tropical rain forests in southeast Asia, but it took two teenagers to get the issue on the front page of a national newspaper and on the network news.
Four years ago, Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva started studying orangutans for a Girl Scouts project. What they learned inspired them to start a campaign to raise awareness of the damage that palm plantations are causing the great apes.