Andy Carvin en On Twitter, Scott Simon's Long Goodbye To 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="">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 20:42:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 19890 at On Twitter, Scott Simon's Long Goodbye To His Mother A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela They have assembled in front of the hospital by the dozens: church groups, families, even a motorcycle club, their engines revving at full throttle. Mothers encouraged their shy children to squeeze through the crowd and place a bouquet of flowers at the base of a makeshift shrine. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 18735 at A Nonstop Tribute To Nelson Mandela The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral As protests against the Turkish government enter their third week, activists are taking increasingly creative measures to maintain their momentum. <a href=""></a><p><a href="">Over the weekend</a>, police removed their tent city and re-opened Istanbul's Taksim Square to traffic, while maintaining a strong presence in the area. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 16740 at The 'Standing Man' Of Turkey: Act Of Quiet Protest Goes Viral In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown no sympathy for the tens of thousands of protesters who've taken to the streets across the country. In fact, he seems to have energized the protesters by calling them <em>capulcu,</em> or "looters" in Turkish.<p>Demonstrators have gleefully embraced the label, spreading it far and wide on social media and turning a local protest into an event that has attracted international attention.<p>It all started because of a grove of trees. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 18:08:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 15793 at In Turkey, Protesters Proudly Call Themselves 'Looters' Can You Hear Me Now? A Lighter Look At NSA Snooping As news broke about the <a href="">NSA collecting telephone records</a> through Verizon, people took to Twitter to voice their opinions. As an experiment, NPR senior strategist <a href="">Andy Carvin</a> asked his followers to respond to the hashtag #CallsTheNSAKnowsAbout. Their responses ranged from the hilarious to the poignant. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:20:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 15781 at After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes The Arab world was aflame in March 2011. Longtime rulers in Tunisia and Egypt had been toppled. NATO was poised to attack Libyan government forces. The Syrian uprising was just beginning. And on the small island nation of Bahrain, the government was cracking down on pro-democracy protesters.<p>Across Bahrain, protest leaders were rounded up and some were quickly tried, convicted and sentenced to prison. The writing was on the wall for the leaders of the movement, including Ali Abdulemam.<p>He was perhaps the country's most prominent online activist. Wed, 15 May 2013 18:23:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 14101 at After Two Years In Hiding, A Bahraini Blogger Escapes Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? <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 19:22:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 12487 at Another Boston Bombing Mystery: Who Is @Al_FirdausiA? Want To Spend Election Night at NPR HQ? Have you ever wondered what it's like to be at NPR on election night? Here's your chance to find out.<p>On Tuesday, Nov. 6, NPR's social media desk will host around two dozen of you at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. We're looking for people from across the political spectrum — bloggers, Twitter users, Tumblrs, Redditors, etc. — who plan to cover election night on their own. It'll be a chance to hang out with fellow political geeks and NPR staff, as well as an opportunity to experience election night at NPR in person. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 19:13:00 +0000 Andy Carvin 3551 at