Steve Klein

I teach journalism at George Mason University and the University of Mary Washington. I love the Detroit Red Wings. I ride Trek. I play TaylorMade.


How email works

You write, you press send, it shows up in someone’s inbox. Email. Simple, right/write? Pretty much, but here’s a little more about how email works if you’re interested.

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It really isn’t all that difficult

What is journalism? These first graders know. Thanks to the PBS “NewsHour” and April Brown.

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The first Bond ‘Skyfall’ trailer

This is for my oldest son, Adam, a big James Bond fan (OK, so I am, too). We’re both looking forward to the new Daniel Craig Bond movie, “Skyfall,” this fall. This is the trailer.

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The view from Planet Money

I don’t look at the NPR website as often as I should. Here are just a few recent stories and info graphics that help make sense of our lives and world: 50 years of government spending What America buys What America sells to the world What America does for work All four come from NPR’s […]

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The essence of science

Here’s how the world works in a nutshell: guess, compute, compare, experiment. This thanks to a lecture by Cornell physics professor Richard Feynman in 1964.

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Help me out with this one

From Gizmodo, this is a science video about fluid dynamics phenomena called “Compressed Experiments,” created by Kim Pimmel and set to the “Katamari Damacy Theme.” I have no idea what it is, what it means, or what the music is all about. But I think I’m going to play it at the start of my […]

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Studying Torts, part II

The John Tortorella press conference is fast becoming an art form in how not to deal with the press.

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‘Away with you stupid asses and fools!’

Talk about a scratchy guy, Martin Luther takes the cake. Luther became so disgruntled with the sale of indulgences by the Roman Catholic Church that he nailed his earth-shaking 95 Theses to the door of a German Church in 1517, ultimately resulting in the Protestant Reformation. If not for the advent of printing press in […]

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Do not try this at home

Colombian downhill mountain biker Marcelo Gutierrez posts video of his rides online. This one took place in the foothills of Montserrate the second week of May. It took Gutierrez just 4 minutes and 27 seconds to complete the Red Bull Downhill time trial, which saw him descend 2,000 meters taking in over 1,000 steps in […]

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No one ever said Torts was easy

When I was a young reporter at the South Bend Tribune covering Notre Dame football, it was Ara Parseghian who taught me how to ask a good question. The great Notre Dame football coach did not suffer fools lightly. Questions ended in question marks and had to demonstrate that you knew what the heck you […]

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Can you spot the Princess phone?

I love these digital future videos. This is one is from 1961 by AT&T. You’ll love the futuristic music and talk about change, modems and data phones.

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How Raleigh bicycles got Britain’s economy spinning

You probably didn’t know this, but Raleigh bicycles helped to rally the British economy in 1946 following World War II. OK, so maybe I’m giving bicycles more credit than they deserve, but if you want to spin your wheels for a bit, you’ll enjoy this 17-minute short film from 66 years ago.

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The place to meet on the Fairfax campus

The George Mason statue is kitty-corner to the Johnson Center and the Mason Pond Parking Deck, where guests can easily park on the first three levels (Fairfax campus map). As soon-to-be emeritus faculty, I'm always happy to meet with friends and my former Mason students on campus.

Alum Kevin McCarthy at work

Film critic and GMU alum Kevin McCarthy encouraged students during his many visits to my GMU classes to pursue internships and "get noticed!" See some of Kevin's terrific interviews on his Nerd Tears website.