Mediander is a great source for learning about all sorts of subjects, and our Connected Topics format—including videos, insightful blog posts and CultureMaps, AP news, and books—lends itself to multiple modes of learning. Why does this matter? As University of Wisconsin–La Crosse assistant professor of psychology Tesia Marshik explains, meaning is constructed contextually, using multiple modes of learning in a variety of formats. But don’t confuse this with the widely held myth of learning styles—the idea that people can learn best through a single mode. Marshik (pictured above) debunks this notion in her work, in this TEDx video and in our interview here.

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David O. Russell is one of the most exciting film directors working today. Beginning in the 1990s with the oddball comedies Spanking the Monkey and Flirting With Disaster, then taking a unique spin on the war genre with Three Kings and continuing through his recent Oscar-nominated trio—The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle—Russell’s films are built upon the most basic human desires and the complex, often tragic, often humorous relationships they create.