Psychedelic-enhanced Therapy

In November, Oregon became the first state to legalize the use of psilocybin, the main active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” for mental health treatment in supervised settings. Denise Morris talks with Jan Haaken, who recently published a book on politics and PTSD, and they take up a little-known history of Timothy Leary’s use of psilocybin in prison settings.

Climate Resistance: Art, Action and Allyship

Denise Morris interviews Old Mole Jan Haaken, director of Necessity Pt I: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance, about Oregon-based artists, activists and an attorney who bring their wisdom and knowledge to the Necessity film project-- a two-part documentary that features indigenous leadership in responding to the climate crisis and shows how activists are creatively using legal tactics, including the necessity defense, in the fight to save the planet.

The Social Dilemma

Jan Haaken talks with psychologist Emaline Friedman about the 2020 documentary, “The Social Dilemma”, a film directed by Jeff Orlowski that tells a story of the manipulative forces behind social media and how they are rewiring our brains. 

Psychiatry, Politics and PTSD: Breaking Down

Patricia Kullberg speaks with Dr. Jan Haaken about her new book, Psychiatry, Politics and PTSD: Breaking Down. The book could be called a biography of a diagnosis, namely post-traumatice stress disorder. But it is also a profound meditation on human suffering and the way it is managed in the context of late capitalist societies.


Jan Haaken talks with Lauren Regan, Attorney and Executive Director of the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene. Regan reflects on the recent Black Lives Matter protests and police responses, as well as tactics of resistance in the movement against policing. 

What is Public Health?
In our new Old Mole segment on Public Health and the Pandemic, Jan Haaken and Patricia Kullberg follow the race for a coronavirus vaccine and some of the misleading claims circulating in the media, and they discuss ways of looking at infectious diseases from public health versus medical model perspectives.

Climate Activists vs. Zenith
A precedent-setting case in the climate movement went to trial here in Portland in February.  The case involved the use of the necessity defense for five Extinction Rebellion activists who were charged with trespassing after occupying train tracks at the Zenith Energy terminal in Northwest Portland.  Jan Haaken talks with lead defense attorney Lauren Regan about the trial, the use of the necessity defense as a legal strategy in the climate movement, and lessons to be drawn during this period when direct actions are prohibited. 

Reproductive Rights
Jan Haaken talks with Andra Carrick, Interim Executive Director at NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. They’ll be talking about the state of abortion rights and reproductive justice in the United States as we begin the new year. They take up the fight to protect Roe v Wade and discuss "Our Bodies Our Doctors," the documentary film on the work of abortion providers and feminist clinics.

Oglala Lakota poet & water protector Mark Tilsen
Jan Haaken talks with Mark Tilsen, an Oglala Lakota poet educator from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and Water Protector on the front lines of fighting the oil pipelines. Tilsen reads from his recently published book of poetry, "It Aint Over Until We're Smoking Cigars on the Drill Pad." The book is available from him via facebook and on instagram (mtilsen).

Mind-Zone: a documentary about psychology and therapy in the military
Denise Morris interviews fellow Mole, Jan Haaken. Jan's most recent film, "Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines", has received national attention and she's appeared recently on CNN and Democracy Now. They talk about Robert Bales and the questions about PTSD in the massacre he recently committed in Afghanistan. Jan underscores the tension between therapists' prerogative to heal and preparing soldiers for war, and how the focus on PTSD distracts us from the political context goading this and other mental pathologies.