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Carrie Fisher Opens Up Her ‘Star Wars’ Journal: 'I Think I Do Overshare' 

Carrie Fisher told Terry Gross about filming the famous Jabba the Hutt scene with the iconic gold bikini in Return of the Jedi:

“What my joke was when we first rehearsed it, they’re brought in front of Jabba, they talk to Jabba, Jabba talks to Harrison and Mark, and then they’re led off. They never say, ‘Hey! How are you?’ So as they were being led off I said, in the rehearsal, ‘Don’t worry about me! I’ll be fine! Seriously!’ Which I thought they should’ve kept in there. It was like, ‘Where am I in all of this?’ Sure, they were going to be digested for 2,000 years, but I have to stay with the slug with the big tongue! Nearly naked! Which is not a style choice for me. … It wasn’t my choice. When [George Lucas] showed me the outfit I thought he was kidding, and it made me very nervous. I had to sit very straight because I couldn’t have lines on my sides, like little creases. No creases were allowed, so I had to sit very, very rigid straight. … What redeems it is I get to kill him, which was so enjoyable. … I sawed his neck off with that chain that I killed him with, I really relished that because I hated wearing that outfit and sitting there rigid straight, and I couldn’t wait to kill him.”

“It was an enormous challenge to do [Hamilton] every night, and yet who to blame but myself? I wrote the part! And it was also the most thrilling roller coaster every night. You know, I got to fall in love, I got to win a war, I got to write words that inspired a nation.

Getting to go through that experience, it’s something I’ll never get old of, which is why I really tried to downplay my departure as much as possible, because I don’t think I’m remotely done with it.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaking to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross

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Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan says her ten best books of the year can best be described as serious: “These books aren’t grim and they’re certainly not dull,” she says, “but collectively they’re serious about tackling big, sometimes difficult subjects — and they’re also distinguished by seriously good writing.”

Check out her list here.

– Petra

‘Drug Dealer, MD’: Misunderstandings And Good Intentions Fueled Opioid Epidemic

America’s attitude towards pain has shifted radically over the last century. Psychiatrist Anna Lembke says that 100 years ago, the medical community thought that pain made patients stronger.

“Doctors believed that pain was salutary,” she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “meaning that it had some physiologic benefit to the individual, and certainly some spiritual benefit.”

But as prescription painkillers became more available, patents became less willing to endure pain. Suddenly, Lembke says, “doctors began to feel that pain was something they had to eliminate at all cost.”

Prescriptions for opioid painkillers increased, and so, too, did cases of opioid addiction. In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a prescription drug epidemic as a result of doctors overprescribing painkillers to patients. Lembke’s new book, Drug Dealer, MD, explores the origins of the prescription drug epidemic from a doctor’s perspective.

“Starting in the 1980s, doctors started to be told that opioids were effective treatment for chronic pain, and that treating patients long-term with opioids was evidence-based medicine,” she says. “That was patently false and that was propagated by what I call 'big medicine,’ in cahoots with Big Pharma.”

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