The Gist speaks with Steward Copeland about Ben-Hur, Emily Bazelon about bullying.

Police Drummer Stewart Copeland on His New Silent Film Score

Police Drummer Stewart Copeland on His New Silent Film Score

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 18 2014 8:03 PM

Former Police Drummer Stewart Copeland Scores Big With Ben-Hur

The (second) highest-grossing silent film of all time gets a new sound.

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a 1925 American epic silent film directed by Fred Niblo.

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Today on The Gist, Police drummer Stewart Copeland talks about creating a new score for the 1925 silent film Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Then, Slate’s Emily Bazelon sizes up children’s books about bullying written by professional athletes. The assigned reading list we gave her includes Knuckleball Ned by R.A. Dickey, Bogey Tees Off by Dottie Pepper and Not Cool To Bully in School by Milan Lucic. Our own recommended reading list includes Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon, Ben Rides On by Matt Davies and By My Brother’s Side by Tiki Barber. For the Spiel, talking about the weather can save lives.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.