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.
While campaigning for president in 2007, Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, drove a bumper car with his daughter Sasha at the Iowa State Fair.
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In 2003, Democratic presidential hopeful Bob Graham campaigned near a cow sculpted in butter at the Iowa State Fair.
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Everybody knows that Iowa is the corn-growing capital of America. Agriculture is king.
And that means a top item on your campaign itinerary has to be the annual Iowa State Fair.
Some will check out the hog-calling contest. Then, they'll hit the midway and try out the fairgrounds delicacies — something deep-fried and served on a stick. And they'll drop by a booth run by the Des Moines Register, where they'll stand among the bales of hay and make a short, impromptu speech, as Hillary Clinton did four years ago:
Aug. 2: the day of debt reckoning. According to President Obama, the U.S. will default on its obligations that day if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling. With this debt-ocalypse just under a month away, one begins to think about what would happen if Americans wake up that morning to find Congress still deadlocked.
Annie Lowrey, business reporter for Slate, imagines a worst-case scenario.