Andy Carvin http://kplu.org en On Twitter, Scott Simon's Long Goodbye To His Mother http://kplu.org/post/twitter-scott-simons-long-goodbye-his-mother Fans of NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Saturday</em> no doubt noticed the absence of longtime host Scott Simon in recent weeks. What started as a well-earned vacation took a somber turn, as Scott <a href="https://twitter.com/nprscottsimon/status/357184224828207104">told his Twitter followers</a> on July 16 that his mother was in need of an emergency operation. "I can't talk. I'm surrounded by handsome men," he quoted her as saying while she was prepped for surgery.<p>Patricia Lyons Simon Newman passed away Monday night, a month shy of her 85th birthday. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:12:59 +0000 Andy Carvin 9467 at http://kplu.org On Twitter, Scott Simon's Long Goodbye To His Mother Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? http://kplu.org/post/another-boston-bombing-mystery-who-alfirdausia <em>(Andy Carvin, NPR's senior strategist for social media, sends us this dispatch about a Twitter account that may hold clues in understanding the surviving Boston bombing suspect.) </em><p>Social media became a large part of the story last week as amateur sleuths scoured the Internet for clues about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:59:02 +0000 Andy Carvin 8540 at http://kplu.org Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA?