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We've all seen the movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how historically accurate they are? That's what we'll aim to find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

We've all seen the movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how historically accurate they are? That's what we'll aim to find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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We've all seen the movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how historically accurate they are? That's what we'll aim to find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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Episodes

Band of Brothers Part 2 with Marty Morgan

6/22/2021
Today we're continuing our look at the historical accuracy of Band of Brothers as we cover episodes six and seven while Easy Company is in Bastogne. We'll wrap up the series in our next episode of Based on a True Story. Episodes we're covering today: 6. Bastogne 7. The Breaking Point Want to learn more? Find Marty's work: D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in NormandyWatch What on Earth?Find Strange Evidence on...

Duration:03:00:21

Band of Brothers Part 1 with Marty Morgan

6/6/2021
June 6th, 2021 is the 77th anniversary of D-Day. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. So, today we'll kick off a 3-part miniseries of our own where we cover Band of Brothers with World War II historian and author Marty Morgan. Episodes we're covering today: 1. Currahee 2. Day of Days 3. Carentan 4. Replacements 5. Crossroads Want to learn more? Find Marty's work: D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Down to Earth: The...

Duration:02:17:32

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

5/11/2021
Today we'll learn about the historical accuracy of 2003's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Helping us separate fact from fiction is Gordon Laco, who was the Lead Technical Advisor and Historical Consultant for the movie. Want to learn more? Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:01:13:58

The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck

4/14/2021
In 2003's The Last Samurai we learn the story of Captain Nathan Algren, an American soldier who travels to Japan to train the early Imperial Japanese Army to fight off a rebellion against the Emperor. How much of it actually happened? That's what we'll look at in this episode. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to separate fact from fiction in the film. Dr. Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University. Pick up some of Dr. Dirck's great books: The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and...

Duration:00:56:27

The Passion of The Christ with Dr. David Chapman

4/2/2021
In Christianity, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Today we're going to learn about the depiction of that event on screen as we saw in 2004's The Passion of The Christ. To help us learn more, we'll be joined by the Professor of New Testament and Archaeology at Covenant Theological Seminary, Dr. David Chapman. Want to learn more about the crucifixion? Pick up one of David's books: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781683072669...

Duration:01:07:07

The Highwaymen with John Neal Phillips

3/17/2021
On this episode of Based on a True Story, we'll learn from the research consultant on The Highwaymen about the historical accuracy of the film. John Neal Phillips is a historian and author of Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Fast Yen Years of Ralph Fults and editor of Blanche Barrow's memoir, My Life with Bonnie and Clyde. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/178/ Support our sponsors:...

Duration:01:24:17

The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze

3/5/2021
We're going back to 1977 and Ridley Scott's feature film directorial debut, The Duellists. The movie tells the tale of two soldiers in Napoleon's army who duel with each other for over a decade. Historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze, returns to help us separate fact from fiction in the movie. Want to learn more about the Napoleonic era? Get one (or more) of Alexander's great books: The Napoleonic Wars: A Global...

Duration:01:01:13

Greyhound with Gordon Laco

2/17/2021
Released in 2020, Greyhound was written by Tom Hanks, who also starred in the lead role. The movie was based on a novel by C.S. Forester called The Good Shepherd. Today, we'll be joined by the Naval Consultant on the film, Gordon Laco, to discuss its historical accuracy. Want to learn more? Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:01:18:14

The Conspirator with Dr. Brian Dirck

2/5/2021
2010's The Conspirator tells the story of Mary Surratt and her alleged involvement in Lincoln's assassination. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to separate fact from fiction in the film. Dr. Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln, including Lincoln and the Constitution, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death and Lincoln the Lawyer. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: The...

Duration:00:49:20

Waterloo with Alexander Mikaberidze

1/12/2021
Today we'll learn about the classic 1970 film Waterloo and its depiction of Napoleon's final defeat. Joining us to discuss the historical accuracy of Waterloo is historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze. Alexander has also written numerous books on the Napoleonic era, including his latest which is called The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History. Want to learn more about the Napoleonic era? Get one (or more) of Alexander's great books: The Napoleonic Wars: A...

Duration:01:07:17

Donnie Brasco with Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi

1/4/2021
In the movie Donnie Brasco we see the story of an FBI agent who goes into deep cover infiltrating the New York mafia families. The truth is Donnie Brasco was the under cover name for Joe Pistone. He joins us today along with actor and Joe's co-host on the Deep Cover Podcast, Leo Rossi. Want to learn more about the real story? Listen to Joe and Leo's podcast, Deep Cover Podcast, at https://www.deepcoverpodcast.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes...

Duration:00:47:05

The Alamo with Stephen L. Hardin

12/18/2020
How much of 2014's The Alamo really happened? To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with professor, historian and author Stephen L. Hardin. Stephen was also a historical consultant on the movie we’ll be chatting about today, so we’ll get some extra insight into the production of the film as well. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: Lust for Glory: An Epic Story of Early Texasand the Sacrifice That Defined a...

Duration:01:21:23

Wake Island with Gregory J. W. Urwin

12/7/2020
Wake Island was attacked on the same day as Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (December 8th on Wake Island across the International Date Line). A few months later, on August 11th, 1942, Paramount Pictures released the war propaganda film Wake Island. To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with Professor Gregory J. W. Urwin from Temple University. Gregory is a military historian who has written two fantastic books about Wake, including Facing Fearful Odds: The...

Duration:01:12:36

Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck

11/18/2020
How historically accurate was 2012's Lincoln? To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with Dr. Brian Dirck, who is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln, including Lincoln and the Constitution, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death and Lincoln the Lawyer. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you...

Duration:00:50:29

Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin

11/5/2020
1989's Glory is currently the most requested movie to cover. Gregory J. W. Urwin is an author, military historian and Professor at Temple University. He'll join us today to separate fact from fiction in Glory. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you...

Duration:01:16:28

Project Blue Book Season 2 with Rob Kristoffersen

10/21/2020
Back on episode #152 of Based on a True Story, we covered season 1 of the History Channel's Project Blue Book. Today, Rob Kristoffersen comes back on the podcast to talk about the events we saw in season 2. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/168/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the...

Duration:01:17:24

Selma with Dr. Clayborne Carson

10/6/2020
Dr. Clayborne Carson is the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History at Stanford University and the founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford. He joins us today to compare history with the 2014 movie Selma. Want to learn more? https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/world-house-podcastAutobiography of Martin Luther King, Jrhttps://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780446676502...

Duration:00:48:16

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer

9/24/2020
Chris Wimmer is the host and producer of the extremely popular Legends of the Old West and Infamous America podcasts. He joins us today to compare history with the 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Want to learn more about Jesse James? Listen to an entire season of Legends of the Old West that dives deep into Jesse James: https://blackbarrelmedia.com/legends-of-the-old-west/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for...

Duration:01:11:20

Stonewall with Eric Marcus

9/8/2020
Eric Marcus is a journalist, founder and host of The Making Gay History Podcast. He joins us today to compare history with the 2015 Roland Emmerich movie Stonewall. Want to learn more? Eric provided these resources for you to learn more about the true story of Stonewall. https://stonewall50consortium.org/stonewallfactsheet.pdfhttps://stonewall50consortium.org/pridemarchfactsheet.pdfhttps://makinggayhistory.com/season-five/...

Duration:01:01:37

Windtalkers with Judith Avila

8/27/2020
The 2002 John Woo movie 'Windtalkers' tells the story of a Navajo code talker during World War II. Is the film historically accurate? Judith Avila is the author of Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII Want to learn more about the real code talkers? Get her book at your local indie bookstore here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780425247853 Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:00:56:08