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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 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 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 find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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Episodes

Monty Python's Life of Brian with Adele Reinhartz

6/20/2022
Not all movies try to be historically accurate, and yet they still depict moments in history. To help us extract history from the satirical comedy, we’ll be chatting with professor, scholar, and author of Jesus of Hollywood and Bible and Cinema, Adele Reinhartz. Learn more about the true story Get Adele's books: Jesus of Hollywood: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780195383386 Bible and Cinema: https://www.routledge.com/Bible-and-Cinema-An-Introduction/Reinhartz/p/book/9780367250225 Did you...

Duration:00:48:04

Dunkirk with Joshua Levine

6/4/2022
Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle at Dunkirk, was an event that many believe kept Britain in World War II before the United States even joined the fight as it took place between May 26 - June 4, 1940. Today we'll be chatting with Joshua Levine, who was the historical consultant on the 2017 movie from director Christopher Nolan that depicts the event. Learn more about the true story Get Joshua's book Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture:...

Duration:01:18:58

The Conquerer with Ryan Uytdewilligen

5/11/2022
Today we'll be talking about the 1956 movie The Conqueror with author Ryan Uytdewilligen. Learn more about the true story Get Ryan's book, Killing John Wayne: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781493058471 Find all of Ryan's work: https://ryanuytdewilligenauthor.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/203/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free...

Duration:00:58:29

'Doc' Durant in Hell on Wheels with Sheila Myers

4/28/2022
We're joined by author Sheila Myers to learn about the real character of Thomas 'Doc' Durant in AMC's Hell on Wheels. Want to hear more stories of the Durant family? Start the Durant Family Saga with the first book: Imaginary Brightness: a Durant Family Saga - A Novel: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781506181325 Or pick up Sheila's new book The Truth of Who You Are: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781684339341 Find all of Sheila's books: https://www.sheilamyers.com/ Did you enjoy this episode?...

Duration:01:05:48

Tesla with Richard Munson

3/28/2022
Author Richard Munson joins the podcast to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2020 movie 'Tesla.' Dig deeper into the true story Pick up Richard's book called Tesla: Inventor of the Modern https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780393358049 Find more of Richard's work: https://www.richardmunson.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/201/ Support our sponsors:...

Duration:01:08:19

Worth with Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros

3/10/2022
The 2020 movie Worth shows how Kenneth Feinberg (played by Michael Keaton) and Camille Biros (played by Amy Ryan) tackled the impossible task of determining the worth of life to help families affected by the September 11th attacks. Kenneth and Camille join us today to chat about what the movie got right, what it got wrong and a peek into the true story. Dig deeper into the true story Read Kenneth's book that the movie was based on called What Is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to...

Duration:00:57:06

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Dr. Brian Dirck

2/26/2022
Dr. Brian Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln. He joins us today to chat about the real history behind the fantasy/horror movie Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809337026 Lincoln and the Constitution...

Duration:00:51:33

They Died with Their Boots On with Gregory J. W. Urwin

2/8/2022
Today we'll be learning about George Armstrong Custer as he was depicted in the classic 1941 film They Died with Their Boots On. 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 and author of Custer Victorious: The Civil War Battles of General George Armstrong Custer. Want to learn more about the real story? Get Gregory's book on Custer https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780803295568 See...

Duration:01:30:45

Frances with Jack El-Hai

1/25/2022
The 1982 movie Frances tells the story of Hollywood actress Frances Farmer and how her struggles with mental health issues affected her career. We'll be joined by writer and author Jack El-Hai to learn about the film's historical accuracy. Get Jack's Books The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness: https://www.el-hai.com/the-lobotomist The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at...

Duration:00:58:08

Moneyball with Will Cooper

1/12/2022
Moneyball tells the story of sabermetrics and the Oakland Athletics' 2002 season and joining us to separate fact from fiction is attorney Will Cooper, who worked in the A's clubhouse during the timeline of the movie. Special thanks to podcastguests.com for helping to facilitate this interview. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/196/ Support our sponsors:...

Duration:01:01:11

Bonnie and Clyde with John Neal Phillips

12/14/2021
Historian and author John Neal Phillips joins the show to chat about the historical accuracy of the 1967 movie Bonnie and Clyde. Get John's Books Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Fast Yen Years of Ralph Fults: https://oupress.com/books/9782441/running-with-bonnie-and-clyde My Life with Bonnie and Clyde: https://oupress.com/books/9781566/my-life-with-bonnie-and-clyde Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:01:44:50

Project Blue Book with David O'Leary and Sean Jablonski

11/18/2021
Today we'll be chatting with the Creator and Showrunner of the History Channel's Project Blue Book about what it takes to create a TV show that is inspired by true events. Sign the Save Blue Book Petition Learn more about the campaign to save Season 3 of Project Blue Book on http://savebluebook.com and please make sure to sign the official petition at http://change.org/savebluebook. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:00:59:51

At Eternity's Gate with Steven Naifeh

11/2/2021
Steven Naifeh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has a new book out called Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved. He'll be joining us today to learn about the 2018 movie At Eternity's Gate. Get the Book Steven's new book is an amazing depiction of Van Gogh's paintings and the artists who inspired him. Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Gogh-Artists-Loved-RANDOM-HOUSE/dp/0593356675/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:01:19:09

The Pacific Part 3 with Marty Morgan

10/26/2021
Our three-part series covering HBO's The Pacific wraps up today with the last three episodes. Episodes we're covering today: 8. Iwo Jima 9. Okinawa 10. Home 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 Normandy Get Call of Duty: Vanguard Learn more about Marty's work on his site. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:02:45:19

The Pacific Part 2 with Marty Morgan

10/14/2021
We're continuing our look at the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the three episodes that cover Peleliu. Episodes we're covering today: 5. Peleliu Landing 6. Peleliu Airfield 7. Peleliu Hills 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 Normandy Get Call of Duty: Vanguard Learn more about Marty's work on his site. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show...

Duration:02:35:29

The Pacific Part 1 with Marty Morgan

9/28/2021
Today we're kicking off a three-part series on the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the first four episodes. Episodes we're covering today: 1. Guadalcanal/Leckie 2. Basilone 3. Melbourne 4. Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika 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 Normandy Get Call of Duty: Vanguard Learn more about Marty's work on his site. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the...

Duration:02:49:09

Defiance with Roland Tec

9/14/2021
Roland Tec's mother, Nechama, wrote the book that 2008's Defiance was based on. He was also a co-producer on the movie, so we'll get to hear some stories from the set as well as the historical accuracy of the movie. Want to learn more? Get Nechama Tec's book the movie was based on: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780195376852 Find Roland's work: https://www.rolandtec.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:00:49:27

Lafayette with Mike Duncan

8/27/2021
The Marquis de Lafayette is a historical figure who has been largely left out of the cultural spotlight. So, instead of looking at a single movie, we'll instead look at a few different depictions of Lafayette with podcaster, historian and author Mike Duncan. Want to learn more? Get Mike's book about Lafayette: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781541730335 Listen to Mike's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/revolutions/id703889772 Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the...

Duration:01:02:05

Harriet with Dr. Kate Clifford Larson

8/4/2021
Today we'll hear from Dr. Larson, the historical consultant on the 2019 movie Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman. Want to learn more? Get Dr. Larson's book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780345456281 Find more of Dr. Larson's work: http://katecliffordlarson.com/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/187/ Support our...

Duration:00:47:12

1492: Conquest of Paradise with Patrick Wyman

7/20/2021
Patrick Wyman is a historian, host of the Tides of History podcast and author of The Verge. He joins us today to dive into the historical accuracy of Ridley Scott's 1992 movie 1492. Want to learn more? Get Patrick's book, The Verge: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781538701188 Listen to Patrick's podcast, Tides of History: https://wondery.com/shows/tides-of-history/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:...

Duration:00:59:50