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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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English


Episodes

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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by...

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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/168/

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? Consider supporting the next episode of Based...

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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and...

Duration:00:56:08

Patton with Furman Daniel

8/12/2020
Author Furman Daniel joins us today to separate fact from fiction in the classic World War II film Patton. Want to learn more about Patton? Buy Furman's latest book Patton: Battling with History at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780826222091 Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:01:16:57

Operation Finale

7/30/2020
Our story today covers the capture of the notorious Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann. The operation to hunt him down and bring him to justice was depicted in the movie Operation Finale, and today we'll find out how many of the things we saw on screen actually happened. Did you enjoy this episode? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:00:53:07

Just Mercy with Erica Kelley

7/14/2020
Erica Kelley is the host of the Southern Fried True Crime podcast. She joins us today to separate fact from the fiction in the 2019 movie Just Mercy. Want to learn more about the real story? Listen to Erica's episode on the murder of Rhonda Morrison and the framing of Walter McMillian: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/85-the-murder-of-ronda-morrison-the-framing-of-walter-mcmillian Subscribe to Erica's podcast: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/ Did you enjoy this...

Duration:01:05:21

Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade

7/1/2020
Today marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). How much of the movie's depiction of the battle is historically accurate? I'm joined by Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade to find out. Jim and Eric are both Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides and are the co-hosts of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast. Want to learn more about Gettybsurg? Subscribe to The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast: https://anchor.fm/battleofgettysburgpodcast Or follow Jim and Eric at:...

Duration:01:19:03

Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan

6/6/2020
June 6th, 1944. D-Day. Fast forward 76 years and on June 6th, 2020, we'll chat with author and historian Marty Morgan to separate fact from fiction in one of the most popular movies depicting D-Day, Saving Private Ryan. Want to learn more about the real history of D-Day? Get Marty's book: D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Or his other book: Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy Learn more about Marty's work on his site. Did you enjoy...

Duration:02:04:47

Midway with Craig Symonds

5/25/2020
Craig Symonds is the Earnest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College as well as Professor Emeritus of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has a great book called The Battle of Midway that dives into the true history behind the battle. He joins us today to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2019 movie Midway. Want to learn more about the real Battle of Midway? Get your copy of Craig's book here: ...

Duration:01:12:53

Alexander with Ryan Stitt

5/11/2020
Ryan Stitt is the host of The History of Ancient Greece Podcast, and he joins us today to separate fact from the fiction in the 2004 movie Alexander. Subscribe to Ryan's podcast: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/

Duration:01:30:07

Mutiny on the Bounty with Brandon Huebner

4/28/2020
1962's Mutiny on the Bounty is one of the most popular requests to cover. Today, we'll do that with the help of Brandon Huebner, the host of The Maritime History Podcast. Subscribe to Brandon's podcast: http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/

Duration:01:30:51

Les Miserables with Maurice Samuels

4/14/2020
Maurice Samuels, Author and Yale's Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1998's depiction of Les Miserables. Get your copy of Maurice's new book: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/maurice-samuels/the-betrayal-of-the-duchess/9781541645462/ Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/

Duration:01:02:04