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

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

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Vice with William Cooper

7/23/2024
Today we'll delve into Dick Cheney’s political rise in the Nixon and Ford administrations and his role in post-9/11 policies as they were shown in the 2018 political satire comedy-drama "Vice" from director Adam McKay. Get William's book How America Works . . . and Why It Doesn’t: A Brief Guide to the US Political System: https://links.boatspodcast.com/335book Did you enjoy this episode? Join the BOATS Discord community: https://links.boatspodcast.com/discord Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/335 Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Remove the ads by supporting the show: https://links.boatspodcast.com/support Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:30:45

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This Week: Dahmer, First Man, At Eternity's Gate

7/22/2024
BOATS THIS WEEK (JULY 22-28,2024) — Events from this week in history include Jeffrey Dahmer's confession on July 22nd, 1991. We'll learn how well Netflix's 2022 smash hit series Monster shows that happening. This week also marks the end of the Apollo 11 mission on July 24th, 1969, but we'll have a special minisode coming out on Wednesday for that, so today we'll back up a couple days to compare the movie First Man's depiction of the lunar landing from a couple days ago on July 20th, 1969. Our final event takes us to France this week in 1890 to where Vincent van Gogh was shot...by himself? Or someone else? We'll compare history with how the movie At Eternity's Gate shows this week's event. And last but certainly not least, our 'based on a true story' movie from this week in history is an action movie called Shamshera, which released on July 22nd, 2022. Until next time, here's where you can continue the story. Events from this week in history Monday: Dahmer | BOATS #217 Wednesday: First Man | BOATS #144 Saturday: At Eternity's Gate | BOATS #193 Birthdays from this week in history Thursday: Amelia Earhart in Amelia Friday: Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method Saturday: Bugs Bunny in A Wild Hare A historical movie released this week in history Monday: Shamshera Mentioned in this episode First Man: Original footage of Neil Armstrong's first step Did you enjoy this episode? Get the BOATS email newsletter Leave a comment Support our sponsors Unlock ad-free episodes Note: If your podcast app doesn't support clickable links, copy/paste this in your browser to find all the links: https://links.boatspodcast.com/334 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:58:35

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Today: Men in Black 3 and the Apollo 11 Launch

7/16/2024
BOATS TODAY (JULY 16, 1969/2024) — We'll introduce the concept of BOATS Today while we learn about Apollo 11's launch sequence from today in history as it was shown in the movie Men in Black 3. Until next time, here's where you can continue the story. Mentioned in this episode Movie: Find where Men in Black is streaming True Story: Watch NASA's footage of Apollo 11's launch Did you enjoy this episode? Get the BOATS email newsletter Leave a comment Support our sponsors Unlock ad-free episodes Note: If your podcast app doesn't support clickable links, copy/paste this in your browser to find all the links: https://links.boatspodcast.com/333 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:13

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This Week: Napoleon, Men in Black 3, Barbieheimer

7/15/2024
BOATS THIS WEEK (JULY 15-21,2024) — Events from this week in history include Napoleon’s surrender aboard HMS Bellerophon that happened on July 15th, 1815, and we'll learn how it was shown in the 2023 biopic. Then, we'll learn about the Apollo 11 miniseries that we’ll launch tomorrow on the exact anniversary of the launch from July 16th, 1969, before finishing up in the animated classic Anastasia for the murder of the Romanovs on July 17th, 1918. In the birthday segment, “Machine Gun” Kelly, Lizzie Borden, Alexander the Great, and my mom (remember to say "hi" to your mom this week). And last but certainly not least, we did our own special Barbieheimer mashup to celebrate those two movies releasing exactly one year ago this week, on July 21st, 2023. Until next time, here's where you can continue the story. Events from this week in history Monday: Napoleon | BOATS Napoleon Miniseries Tuesday: Men in Black 3 Wednesday: Anastasia | BOATS #94 Birthdays from this week in history Thursday: "Machine Gun" Kelly in Machine-Gun Kelly Friday: Lizzie Bordeon in Lizzie Saturday: Alexander the Great in Alexander| BOATS #157 A historical movie released this week in history Sunday: Barbie Sunday: Oppenheimer Mentioned in this episode Napoleon: The Surrender of Napoleon by Frederick Lewis Maitland Men in Black 3: Convert time zones with World Time Buddy Oppenheimer: US Army's Trinity Test Site Open House Oppenheimer: Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium Did you enjoy this episode? Get the BOATS email newsletter Leave a comment Support our sponsors Unlock ad-free episodes Note: If your podcast app doesn't support clickable links, copy/paste this in your browser to find all the links: https://links.boatspodcast.com/332 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:57:36

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This Week: The Battle of Britain, Hamilton, One Nation, One King

7/8/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between July 8th and July 14th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies, along with a recommendation for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Wednesday: The Battle of Britain Thursday: Hamilton Sunday: One Nation, One King Birthdays from This Week in History Wednesday: Nikola Tesla in Tesla | BOATS #201 Thursday: Robert the Bruce in Braveheart | BOATS #45 Sunday: Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Tuesday: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | BOATS #216 Did you enjoy this episode? Get the BOATS email newsletter Leave a comment Support our sponsors Unlock ad-free episodes Note: If your podcast app doesn't support clickable links, copy/paste this in your browser to find all the links: https://links.boatspodcast.com/331 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:42:20

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This Week: The Trench, 1776, The Pride of the Yankees, Lawrence of Arabia, Project Blue Book

7/1/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between July 1st and July 7th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies, along with a recommendation for a movie that was released this week in history. Note: If your podcast app doesn't support clickable links, copy/paste this into your browser: https://links.boatspodcast.com/330 Events from This Week in History Monday: The Trench Wednesday/Thursday: 1776 Thursday: The Pride of the Yankees Saturday: Lawrence of Arabia | BOATS #49 Sunday: Project Blue Book | BOATS Series Birthdays from This Week in History Monday: Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (my favorite, what's yours?) Monday: Seretse Khama in A United Kingdom Friday: P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman Saturday: John Paul Jones in John Paul Jones Sunday: Satchel Paige in Don't Look Back A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Monday: Public Enemies (2009) Tuesday: Boneyard (2024) Did you enjoy this episode? Get the BOATS email newsletter Leave a comment Support our sponsors Unlock ad-free episodes Note: If your podcast app doesn't support clickable links, copy/paste this in your browser to find all the links: https://links.boatspodcast.com/330 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:13:12

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Black Sails with Colin Woodard

6/24/2024
The Starz TV series Black Sails is a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novel "Treasure Island." It's a story filled with squashbuckling pirates who dare to wage war against self-described civilized nations. Are you ready to travel back to the Golden Age of Piracy? We'll be joined today by Colin Woodard, the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller The Republic of Pirates. Get Colin's book: The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down https://links.boatspodcast.com/329book Find more of Colin's work: https://links.boatspodcast.com/329guest Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/329 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:28:42

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This Week: They Died with Their Boots On, 37 Days, Gettysburg

6/24/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between June 24th and June 30th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies, along with a recommendation for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Tuesday: They Died with Their Boots On | BOATS #198 Friday: 37 Days Sunday: Gettysburg | BOATS #280 Birthdays from This Week in History Monday: General Kitchener | Young Winston | BOATS #259 Tuesday: George Orwell | Mr. Jones Friday: King Henry VIII | The Other Boleyn Girl | BOATS #92 A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Lansky Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/328 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:35:03

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This Week: Amelia, All the President's Men, Lizzie

6/17/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between June 17th and June 23rd as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies, along with a recommendation for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Monday: Amelia Monday: All the President's Men | BOATS #122 Thursday: Lizzie Saturday: The Hobbit | BOATS LoTR Series Birthdays from This Week in History Wednesday: Lou Gehrig | The Pride of the Yankees Saturday: John Dillinger | Public Enemies Sunday: Alan Turing | The Imitation Game | BOATS #147 A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Surrounded Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/327 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:36:10

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This Week: Loving, Waterloo, J. Edgar

6/10/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between June 10th and June 16th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Wednesday: Loving | BOATS #76 Saturday: Waterloo | BOATS #174 Saturday: J. Edgar | BOATS #185 Birthdays from This Week in History Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank | BOATS #253 John Nash in A Beautiful Mind | BOATS #32 Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Che! | BOATS #115 A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Tag | BOATS #140 Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/326 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:34:37

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Midway (1976) with Jon Parshall's Historical Commentary

6/4/2024
On this, the anniversary of the Battle of Midway, we'll bring Jon Parshall back on the podcast to provide a historical commentary on the 1976 movie. Watch the video version here: https://links.boatspodcast.com/325 Get Jon's book: Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: https://links.boatspodcast.com/325book Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/325 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:33:52

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This Week: The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan

6/3/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between June 3rd and June 9th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Tuesday: The Longest Day | BOATS #134 Thursday: The Longest Day | BOATS #134 Thursday: Saving Private Ryan | BOATS #159 Birthdays from This Week in History Nathan Hale in Turn: Washington's Spies | BOATS #139 Paul Gauguin in At Eternity's Gate | BOATS #193 Donald Duck in The Wise Little Hen A Historical Movie Released This Week in History A Sunday Horse Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/324 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:54:52

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Midway (2019) with Jon Parshall

5/30/2024
Roland Emmerich's 2019 movie simply called "Midway" shows a lot more than the Battle of Midway. We'll be joined today by one of the historical consultants on the movie who is also the co-author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Get Jon's book: Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: https://links.boatspodcast.com/323book Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/323 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:36:09

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This Week: Sink the Bismark, Harriet, Watchmen

5/27/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 27th and June 2nd as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Monday: Sink the Bismark or watch it on YouTube Saturday: Harriet | BOATS #187 Saturday: Watchmen Birthdays from This Week in History Walt Whitman in Beautiful Dreamers Brigham Young in Hell on Wheels | BOATS #202 Marilyn Monroe in Blonde A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Rocketman | Elton John's wedding footage | Elton John interview about his name Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/322 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:45:54

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Napoleon with Louis Sarkozy

5/21/2024
Historians weren't there, but that doesn't mean they don't know the true story about one of the most documented people in all of human history. Let's put Napoleon's new film to the test with Louis Sarkozy, historian and author of "Napoleon's Library." Join us as we dissect the movie's portrayal, separate fact from fiction, and uncover the real Napoleon. Get Louis' new book: Napoleon's Library: The Emperor, His Books and Their Influence on the Napoleonic Era https://links.boatspodcast.com/321book Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/321 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:49:00

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This Week: The Spirit of St. Louis, Amelia, The Messenger

5/20/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 20th and May 26th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Spirit of St. Louis Amelia The Messenger Birthdays from This Week in History Monster | BOATS #217 Houdini & Doyle Victoria A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Kandahar Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/320 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:30

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This Week: Darkest Hour, The New World, The Other Boleyn Girl

5/13/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 13th and May 19th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Darkest Hour | BOATS #299 The New World The Other Boleyn Girl | BOATS #92 Birthdays from This Week in History American Gangster Behind the Candelabra The Perfect Game Historical Movie Releasing This Week Back to Black | Find showtimes near you Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/319 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:44

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This Week: The Hindenburg, Band of Brothers, Operation Finale

5/6/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 6th and May 12th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Hindenburg | BOATS #91 | The Hindenburg Disaster Footage Band of Brothers | BOATS Miniseries Operation Finale | BOATS #162 Birthdays from This Week in History Truman The Good Lord Bird Midnight in Paris Movies Released This Week in History Escape from Auschwitz Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/318 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:44

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Tombstone with Tom Clavin

5/1/2024
Did Hollywood get it right? Join us as we delve into the iconic Western film Tombstone with a special guest: the author of the book Tombstone, New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin! We'll separate myth from reality, analyzing the portrayal of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and the taming of a wild frontier town. Learn more about the true story: Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell https://links.boatspodcast.com/317book Get Tom's new book: Throne of Grace: A Mountain Man, an Epic Adventure, and the Bloody Conquest of the American West https://links.boatspodcast.com/317throneofgrace Tom's website: https://links.boatspodcast.com/317guest Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/317 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:01:11

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This Week: The Pride of the Yankees, Gods and Generals, The Right Stuff

4/29/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 29th and May 5th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Pride of the Yankees Gods and Generals The Right Stuff | BOATS #75 Alan Shepard's photo from space Birthdays from This Week in History Hirohito in Midway (2019) | BOATS #158 Calamity Jane in Deadwood: The Movie James Brown in Get On Up Movies Released This Week in History Ed Gein Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/316 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:31