Based on a True Story

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 Mar 28, 2020

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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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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco
01:11:05

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.

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Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com

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May 11, 2021
The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck
54:30

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.

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Apr 14, 2021
The Passion of The Christ with Dr. David Chapman
01:07:59

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.

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Apr 02, 2021
The Highwaymen with John Neal Phillips
01:19:36

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.

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Mar 17, 2021
The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze
57:08

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.

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Mar 05, 2021
Greyhound with Gordon Laco
01:15:59

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.

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Feb 17, 2021
The Conspirator with Dr. Brian Dirck
49:21

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.

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Feb 05, 2021
Waterloo with Alexander Mikaberidze
01:06:20

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.

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Jan 12, 2021
Donnie Brasco with Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi
47:06

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/

 

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Jan 04, 2021
The Alamo with Stephen L. Hardin
01:21:24

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.

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Dec 18, 2020
Wake Island with Gregory J. W. Urwin
01:12:37

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 Siege of Wake Island, which is a book that many consider to be the definitive account of the battle.

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Dec 07, 2020
Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck
50:30

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.

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Nov 18, 2020
Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin
01:16:30

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.

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Nov 05, 2020
Project Blue Book Season 2 with Rob Kristoffersen
01:17:25

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.

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Oct 21, 2020
Selma with Dr. Clayborne Carson
48:17

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. 

 

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Oct 06, 2020
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer
01:11:20

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/

 

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Sep 24, 2020
Stonewall with Eric Marcus
01:01:38

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.

 

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Eric provided these resources for you to learn more about the true story of Stonewall.

 

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Sep 08, 2020
Windtalkers with Judith Avila
56:09

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

 

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Aug 27, 2020
Patton with Furman Daniel
01:16:58

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

 

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Aug 12, 2020
Operation Finale
53:08

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.

 

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Jul 30, 2020
Just Mercy with Erica Kelley
01:05:22

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

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Jul 14, 2020
Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade
01:19:05

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

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Jul 01, 2020
Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan
02:04:49

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.

 

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Jun 06, 2020
Midway with Craig Symonds
01:12:54

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: https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Midway-Craig-L-Symonds/dp/1480528390

Get the audiobook version: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Battle-of-Midway-Pivotal-Moments-in-American-History-Audiobook/B0084F1TYE

 

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May 25, 2020
Alexander with Ryan Stitt
01:30:09

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.

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May 11, 2020
Mutiny on the Bounty with Brandon Huebner
01:30:52

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.

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Apr 28, 2020
Les Miserables with Maurice Samuels
01:02:05

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/

 

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Apr 14, 2020
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story with Matthew Polly
57:23

Author Matthew Polly joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story.

Matthew's book called Bruce Lee: A Life is considered the authoritative biography on the film legend and martial artist.

Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Lee-Life-Matthew-Polly/dp/1501187627

Find Matthew's other books here: https://mattpolly.com/

 

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Apr 03, 2020
12 Years a Slave with Professor Greg Jackson
01:15:41

Today we'll learn about the historical accuracy of the movie 12 Years a Slave with Professor Greg Jackson from the History That Doesn't Suck podcast.

Subscribe to Greg's podcast here: https://www.historythatdoesntsuck.com/

 

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Mar 24, 2020
Project Blue Book Season 1 with Rob Kristoffersen
01:22:17

UFO expert Rob Kristoffersen joins Based on a True Story to discuss the historical accuracy of the History Channel's TV show Project Blue Book.

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Mar 11, 2020
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier with Michael Wallis
58:15

Author Michael Wallis joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in Disney's 1955 film Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier.

Michael is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography David Crockett: The Lion of the West.

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Find Michael's other books here:

http://www.michaelwallis.com/

 

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Feb 18, 2020
Downton Abbey with Lady Carnarvon
38:20

Downton Abbey was filmed at Highclere Castle, which is Lady Carnarvon's home. On this episode of the Based on a True Story podcast, she'll join us to talk about the historical accuracy of the Downton Abbey movie and TV series.

Get Lady Carnarvon's books at https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/category/stories-books/

 

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Feb 03, 2020
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Dr. Sean McGlynn
48:56

There are many versions of Robin Hood's story that have been on the big screen. Today we'll chat with historian Dr. Sean McGlynn about the 1991 classic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

 

Get Dr. McGlynn's book, Robin Hood: A True Legend on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Robin-Hood-Legend-Sean-McGlynn-ebook/dp/B07KKJRKSW

 

Also mentioned in the episode is another of his books: Blood Cries Afar: The Magna Carta War and the Invasion of England 1215-1217 

https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Cries-Afar-Invasion-1215-1217-ebook/dp/B01HFL0IZ8

 

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Jan 27, 2020
1917 with Doran Cart
57:02

Doran Cart is Senior Curator at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. He joins us today to talk about the historical accuracy of the hit blockbuster movie 1917.

 

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Jan 16, 2020
The Imitation Game with Mark Cotton
02:19:52

Mark is the producer of the official Bletchley Park podcast. He joins us today to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2014 film The Imitation Game and do some fact checking on the original Based on a True Story episode from back in 2016.

 

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Or better yet, plan your visit to the home of the codebreakers during World War II: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/

 

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Jan 06, 2020
Young Guns with Chris Wimmer
01:05:00

How much do you know about Billy the Kid? On the popular Infamous America podcast, Chris Wimmer has dug deep into the life of one of most famous outlaws in the Old West. He joins us today to separate fact from the fiction we saw in the 1988 movie about Billy the Kid, Young Guns.

 

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Dec 27, 2019
Christmas Special 2019 with Heather LeFebvre
44:30

As the Christmas season approaches, let's take a step back from the hustle and bustle to learn about the history and festivities over the millennia that have resulted in the holiday traditions we're familiar with today.

Pick up your own copy of Heather's book, The History of Christmashttps://www.amazon.com/History-Christmas-Years-Faith-Festivity/dp/152710334X/

Follow Heather's work: https://www.heatherwinslowlefebvre.com/

 

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Dec 01, 2019
First Man
58:02

Our story today is as close to traveling through time and space as we can without a single mention of the Doctor. That's because today we're going to travel back in time to discuss the true story of Neil Armstrong as we saw in the movie First Man.

 

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Nov 20, 2019
The Crucible
01:18:56

The story of the Salem witch trials was brought to the world's spotlight thanks to Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. Today, we'll look at the historical accuracy of the 1996 movie based on that play.

 

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Nov 04, 2019
Tombstone with Chris Wimmer
01:01:54

Today (October 26th) is the anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Chris Wimmer is the Host and Producer of the Legends of the Old West podcast. He joins us today to separate fact from the fiction of the events surrounding and during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as it was depicted in the classic film Tombstone.

 

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Oct 26, 2019
Tolkien with John Garth
01:02:38

Historian and Tolkien scholar John Garth breaks down the historical accuracy of the 2019 biopic about the life of J.R.R. Tolkien simply called Tolkien.

 

Follow John's work and get his books at http://johngarth.co.uk

 

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Oct 04, 2019
Tag with Tag Brothers Patrick and Joe
01:00:13

The story behind 2018's Tag seems almost too ridiculous to be true. What better way to separate fact from fiction than by chatting with some of the real guys that the movie is based on? That's exactly what we'll do today.

 

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Sep 17, 2019
Turn: Washington's Spies with Michael Troy
57:48

In a first for Based on a True Story, today we'll chat about the TV series Turn: Washington Spies. Joining me to dive behind the history of the popular AMC show is Michael Troy from the American Revolutions podcast.

 

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Aug 18, 2019
Mary Queen of Scots
01:01:01

The story of Mary Stuart and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I is one that's been told many times over. We've looked at the story from Elizabeth's side when we looked at the two Elizabeth movies a little while back. Today, we'll look at the story from a different perspective as told in the 2018 movie called Mary Queen of Scots.

 

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Aug 01, 2019
Cleopatra with Dr. Zahi Hawass
21:15

Today I'm honored to be joined by the renowned Dr. Zahi Hawass to learn more about how much of the 1963 classic film Cleopatra was historically accurate.

 

Find Dr. Zahi Hawass online at: http://www.drhawass.com/

Get Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt: https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Search-Last-Queen-Egypt/dp/1426205457/

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Jul 09, 2019
Change
04:23

This isn't a normal episode of Based on a True Story. Let's take a few moments to chat about some of the changes coming to the podcast.

Questions or concerns?

Reach out to me at dan@basedonatruestorypodcast.com

Jun 24, 2019
Loving Vincent
35:55

Today's episode will talk about the renowned artist Vincent van Gogh as depicted in the movie Loving Vincent.

 

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Jun 17, 2019
The Longest Day with Marty Morgan
01:21:39

D-Day was June 6th, 1944. The 75th anniversary is this week, and if there's one movie that has changed the perception of the invasion it's The Longest Day. So, we'll chat with author and historian Marty Morgan to find out how much The Longest Day got right...and what it didn't.
 
Marty's work mentioned in the episode:

Marty's books

More about Marty

 

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Jun 03, 2019
Troy
36:43

Today we'll travel back in time to the days of Greek mythology as we compare the 2004 movie Troy with history.
 

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May 20, 2019
Eight Men Out
01:11:07

This is the story of the 1919 Black Sox scandal that rocked the world of Major League Baseball.

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May 06, 2019
Seabiscuit
01:02:30

It's been called a rags to riches story, and an inspiration to millions. But how much of 2003's Seabiscuit actually happened? Let's find out!

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Apr 22, 2019
The Perfect Storm
32:23

Sometimes, Hollywood exaggerates nature's fury on screen. Today, we'll learn about one of the stories that reminds us how scary it can really be.

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Apr 08, 2019
The Return of the King
01:19:38

Two years ago, we covered The Fellowship of the Ring as an April Fools Day surprise. Last year, it was a little less of a surprise when we continued the story with The Two Towers. This year, the trilogy will come to an end with the epic conclusion in The Return of the King.

 

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Apr 01, 2019
Malcolm X
56:27

Today we'll learn about Malcolm X, the man whose childhood saw his family get attacked by the KKK to an adulthood where he turned to robbery and drugs before growing into a civil rights activist and minister speaking out against racism in the United States.


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Mar 25, 2019
LBJ
01:05:14

Last episode we learned about Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK. This week we'll learn about the 2016 film LBJ that covers President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the man who became President the moment John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

 

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Mar 11, 2019
JFK
50:17

To say Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK caused a lot of controversy is an understatement. With all the conspiracies circling the assassination of President Kennedy, let's take some time to compare JFK to history.

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Feb 25, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody
43:52

Rami Malek stars in the blockbuster film about Freddie Mercury's life. Since it's release, there have been many reviews who have dinged the film for its historical accuracy. Are they right? Let's compare history with Bohemian Rhapsody!

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Feb 11, 2019
The Catcher Was a Spy
45:18

Going from Major League Baseball player to spy isn't your average change in jobs. But then, Moe Berg wasn't your average baseball player. Let's dig into Moe's life as we compare The Catcher Was a Spy with history.

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Jan 28, 2019
Minisode: Aladdin
48:42

As a special treat, you'll get access to one of the minisodes that are normally exclusive to Based on a True Story patrons on the weeks between regular episodes. Listen in and you'll get the explanation for how minisodes are different from regular episodes. The episode's duration isn't the key factor.

The story we're looking at today is all about the real Aladdin. Brought to life in Disney's animated classic, the folktales that Aladdin came from includes some details that may sound familiar and many details that might surprise you.

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Jan 21, 2019
The Greatest Showman (Revisited)
56:59

A couple years ago, we covered The Greatest Showman as a pre-release episode. In other words, the podcast episode came out before the movie did. In that episode, we learned about the life of P.T. Barnum. In this episode, we're going back to Barnum's life as this time we give The Greatest Showman the typical Based on a True Story treatment -- comparing it to history.

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Jan 14, 2019
All the President's Men
01:14:53

President Nixon's resignation in 1974 was the first time for a U.S. president. That same year, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein released their book that went into detail how they broke the Watergate scandal wide open with articles that eventually led to Nixon's resignation. Let's learn more about what happened as we compare history with the 1976 film based on and named after the book, All the President's Men.

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Dec 31, 2018
A Christmas Carol
02:53:08

Last week on the podcast, we learned all about the life of Charles Dickens as it was told in the movie The Man Who Invented Christmas. While that’s not a requirement before listening to this episode, it’ll help you get a little more of a behind the scenes of what it was like for the man who wrote what we’re going to be hearing today. That’s because today, we’re going to do something special. We’re not going to be covering a movie today, although there have been numerous versions of this story adapted for the big screen.

This is the entire, unabridged version of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens that was first published in December of 1843.

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Dec 24, 2018
The Man Who Invented Christmas
47:14

It's time to get in the Christmas spirit! The subject of our episode today is the 2017 movie about Charles Dickens and his writing of A Christmas Carol.

Did Charles invent Christmas? Let's find out.

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Dec 17, 2018
Finding Neverland
40:37

The 2004 film Finding Neverland stars Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. How much of the movie was true and how much was changed? Let's find out.

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Dec 03, 2018
Hidalgo
20:34

In his first movie after Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen portrays Frank T. Hopkins as he rides on his horse, Hidalgo, in The Ocean of Fire long-distance race. How much of the movie really happened? Let's find out.

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Nov 19, 2018
Rob Roy with Moxie LaBouche
27:22

Called the Scottish Robin Hood, Rob Roy's story has been the subject of books and movies. Today, one of the most popular renditions of that is the 1995 film starring Liam Neeson. I'm joined by Moxie LaBouche on this episode to learn more about the real Rob Roy.

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Nov 05, 2018
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
37:37

After inventing the lie detector test, William Moulton Marston came up with the character of Wonder Woman. His inspiration was his wife Elizabeth, and his significant other, Olive. Learn more about their story as we compare history with the movie Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.

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Oct 22, 2018
Che!
01:04:35

Today marks the 51st anniversary of revolutionary Che Guevara's capture that led to his death. How much do you know of his story?

Let's find out as we compare 1969's Che! with history.

 

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Oct 08, 2018
Empire of the Sun
34:20

Author J.G. Ballard wrote the novel Empire of the Sun based on his own childhood. That's the first level of creative difference between truth and fiction. By the time it was adapted for the big screen, there were bound to be some things that were changed.

So, what really happened? Let's find out.

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Sep 24, 2018
United 93
01:00:46

The world changed on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. Today, we'll honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day as we look at the historical accuracy of the movie United 93.

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Sep 10, 2018
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
38:04

On episode 106, we learned about the movie Elizabeth. That's the first of two movies in a series, so we're heading back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I as we complete the second part in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

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Aug 27, 2018
Rabbit-Proof Fence
34:42

When three girls are taken from their homes, they risk their lives to find the rabbit-proof fence in Australia and walk home over a thousand miles away.

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Aug 13, 2018
Communion with Rob Kristoffersen
01:03:56

Dive into the world of the supernatural as I'm joined by UFO expert Rob Kristoffersen to chat about Whitley Strieber's experience that we saw in the movie Communion.

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Jul 30, 2018
Goodbye Christopher Robin
30:20

How much do you know about the story behind Winnie the Pooh? Let's dive into the beloved children's stories as we compare history with the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin.

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Jul 16, 2018
The Ghost and the Darkness
50:29

The Ghost and the Darkness tells the story of the man-eaters of Tsavo as they terrified railway workers in 1898. Did it really happen? Let's find out.

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Jul 02, 2018
Sergeant York
27:47

Learn more about World War I Medal of Honor recipient who was the subject of the 1941 Gary Cooper film simply called Sergeant York.

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Jun 18, 2018
Elizabeth
39:42

Producer Melissa requested we cover the movie Elizabeth, so pack your bags and travel back in time to the days just after King Henry VIII as we compare the movie with history.

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Jun 04, 2018
Black Hawk Down
42:40

When Hollywood covers the Battle of Mogadishu, how much of what we see is accurate? That's what Based on a True Story Producer Brian wanted to know when he requested this week's episode.

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May 21, 2018
Housekeeping
36:12

The term "housekeeping" in a podcast refers to the parts at the beginning or end of a show where the host makes announcements and updates. With the podcast coming back, I'll outline some of the changes as we peel back the layers of the podcast to give you an inside look behind the mic.

May 21, 2018
Lowell LeFebvre
15:48

One month ago today, my father passed away unexpectedly. As this podcast is something I do in my spare time, there are more important things going to eat up that time. For now, it's time to take a step back from the podcast.

Based on a True Story will be back at some point. I don't know when. If you stay subscribed, you'll be the first to get new episodes when they're available.

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Apr 23, 2018
Jackie
22:45

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a family was left without a father. A wife without her husband. That's the scenario behind the 2016 Jackie, and the subject of this week's episode.

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Apr 16, 2018
The Last of the Mohicans
29:29

For generations, James Fenimore Cooper's classic American novel has been recreated in various forms for the big and small screen. As a novel, it's not entirely factual and yet it's a film many consider to be true by its mere popularity. This week we'll learn about the most recent and most popular rendition, the 1992 version of The Last of the Mohicans.

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Apr 09, 2018
King Arthur
33:47

To celebrate the show's anniversary and episode 100, we'll be looking at a story that's special to me...that of King Arthur. We can't hope to cover everything about Arthur that's been written for thousands of years in a single episode, but we'll try to get a good primer about the story as we saw in 2004's King Arthur.

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Apr 02, 2018
The Two Towers
01:01:28

Surprise! Enjoy April Fools Day with this special bonus episode as we continue our look at The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Apr 01, 2018
Pirates of Silicon Valley
45:50

Mac vs PC. It's a flame war that's fueled by people on both sides who love to hate the other side. How did it all start? We'll find out as we dig into the true story behind Pirates of Silicon Valley.

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Mar 26, 2018
Bonnie and Clyde
43:48

The 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde was one of the films that many consider to be the starting point for the taming of violence in mainstream Hollywood. How much of it was true? Let's find out.

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Mar 19, 2018
The Monuments Men
42:38

Did the Nazis really steal all that artwork we saw George Clooney, Matt Damon and Bill Murray chase after in The Monuments Men? That's what we'll find out this week.

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Mar 12, 2018
Sweet Dreams
32:02

Today is the 55th anniversary of the surprise death of country music legend Patsy Cline. In honor of her life, let's learn more about it as we compare history with the 1985 biopic, Sweet Dreams.

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Mar 05, 2018
Anastasia
48:57

The 1997 animated film Anastasia tells a beautifully touching tale of the Grand Duchess trying to find her family...but how much of the story we see on screen is true? This week we'll dive into the mystery surrounding the story of Anatasia's alleged disappearance.

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Feb 26, 2018
BONUS: From Hell and the Historical Context
02:49:09

This week we learned about Jack the Ripper's brutal murders. After you listen to the regular episode, this bonus episode will help us get a little better historical context. You'll get a peek into some of the research that goes into episodes as we follow each murder with articles and reports from the time of Jack the Ripper's reign of terror in London.

Be warned, this episode contains some very disturbing content about the Jack the Ripper murders. Listen to this on your own before listening with kids.

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Feb 19, 2018
From Hell
52:50

Jack the Ripper was a serial killer before the term was coined. Be warned, today's episode contains some very disturbing content about the murders...check it out before listening with kids.

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Feb 19, 2018
The Other Boleyn Girl
44:18

2008's The Other Boleyn Girl gives us a peek into what it could've been like roaming the English court during King Henry VIII's reign. But how much of what we saw of the relationship between King Henry VIII, Anne and her sister Mary Boleyn was true? That's what we'll find out as we compare history with The Other Boleyn Girl.

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Feb 12, 2018
The Hindenburg
37:34

It was an event that was compared to the sinking of the Titanic, except when the Hindenburg crashed it was caught on film...ending the promising industry of commercial airship travel. This week we're comparing history with the 1975 Oscar-nominated film that shows one of the conspiracy theories about the cause of the disaster.

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Feb 05, 2018
The Founder
36:56

How much of Michael Keaton's 2016 masterpiece is true to the history of McDonald's rise to the top of the fast-food industry?

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Jan 29, 2018
The Man in the Iron Mask
34:26

In a highly requested episode, this week we're focusing on the film starring a young Leonardo DiCaprio heading up an all-star cast in this classic interpretation of the Alexandre Dumas classic.

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Jan 22, 2018
Birth of the Dragon
26:56

It was an epic fight between two martial arts masters...Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man. But how much of the film that was inspired by this true event is actually true?

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Jan 15, 2018
Hawmps! with Scott Rank
51:12

Ever heard of the U.S. Cavalry's attempts at replacing horses with camels? Historian, author and podcaster Scott Rank joins me on this episode to learn more about this little-known event in U.S. history.

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Jan 08, 2018
The Lost City of Z
50:16

Happy New Year! Pack your backs for our first adventure of the year. We're headed to the Amazon today as we compare history with The Lost City of Z.

 

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Jan 01, 2018
Christmas Special 2017
01:32:37

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! With today being Christmas, I wanted to do something a little different and share a few classic holiday tales to help keep you company as you handle your holiday tasks, whether they're around the house or around town.

 

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Dec 25, 2017
The Greatest Showman
38:49

Just in time for Christmas day, a new film being released tells the story of a young P.T. Barnum's rise to riches. But who was the real P.T. Barnum and how did he really begin the "greatest show on earth"?

 

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Dec 18, 2017
Becoming Jane
37:59

Jane Austen's relationship with Tom Lefroy was something we saw on screen during the 2007 film Becoming Jane. But was it real, or just a fictional story? Let's find out.

 

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Dec 11, 2017
Pearl Harbor and Tora! Tora! Tora! with Corey Constable
57:03

December 7th is Pearl Harbor Day, and the perfect day to watch a movie in remembrance of that day. Which one should you watch? This week I'm joined by Corey Constable from the Omitted podcast to discuss the historical accuracy of both 2001's Pearl Harbor and 1970's Tora! Tora! Tora! to determine which one you should watch this Pearl Harbor Day. 

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Dec 04, 2017
Kingdom of Heaven
31:34

Today is the 922nd anniversary of Pope Urban II preaching the Crusades. That's why we're going back to the 12th century this week to learn the true story behind the movie Kingdom of Heaven.

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Nov 27, 2017
Das Boot
01:05:13

Even today, Das Boot is seen as one of the defining films to showcase what World War II was like for German submariners. But was it true? That's what we'll aim to find out in this episode.

 

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Nov 20, 2017
Darkest Hour
29:41

In a couple of weeks, the movie Darkest Hour will dive into the life of Winston Churchill. With that in mind, let's do our own dive into the life of the politician and speaker this week so when you go see the movie you'll be able to tell how accurate it is.

 

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Nov 13, 2017
Grace of Monaco
35:12

Nicole Kidman stars as actress Grace Kelly in a film that tells the story of her transition from Hollywood royalty to actual royalty as the Princess of Monaco. How much of the film is true? That's what we'll find out in this episode.

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Nov 06, 2017
The Mothman Prophecies with Sam Fredrickson
01:21:30

Happy Halloween! To get in the spirit of the season, this week I'll be joined by Sam Fredrickson from the Not Alone podcast as we dive into what really happened surrounding The Mothman Prophecies.

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Oct 30, 2017
Loving
30:01

Loving was released in 2016 and depicts the story of Richard and Mildred Loving as they struggled against racial barriers. Their case, Loving v Virginia, would go all the way to the Supreme Court and be the catalyst to legalizing interracial marriages in the United States today.

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Oct 23, 2017
The Right Stuff
01:20:24

The 1983 film The Right Stuff is considered by many to be an epic masterpiece. Before the Apollo program, The Right Stuff tells the story of the first astronauts in the United States and the race to get into space.

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Oct 16, 2017
Mata Hari
35:31

We're diving into the classics this week as we compare history with Mata Hari. Released in 1931, Mata Hari tells the story of the woman who many considered to be one of the most dangerous spies during World War I.

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Oct 09, 2017
Flash of Genius
27:50

If you're a fan of history, 2008's Flash of Genius tells the story about something that probably never even crossed your mind. One man's journey to inventing the intermittent windshield wiper and how the huge car manufacturers tried to steal it from him.

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Oct 02, 2017
Enemy at the Gates
45:59

Get a look at a different angle of World War II as we compare the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates with history.

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Sep 25, 2017
Ip Man
31:56

If you're a fan of Kung Fu movies, Ip Man is one you've already seen. If you think everything you saw on the screen actually happened, you might be surprised with the true story.

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Sep 18, 2017
Rush
43:20

Formula One racing in the 1970s was about more than just fast cars. This week we'll compare history with the 2013 Ron Howard movie Rush.

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Sep 11, 2017
Breach
39:05

Spies and espionage between Russia and the USA. It almost seems like it could be a subject in today's headlines, but on this week's episode we'll look at one of the most damaging cases of espionage inside the FBI.

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Sep 04, 2017
Lawless with Matt Bondurant
55:07

Matt Bondurant joins us on this week's episode as we compare what really happened with the movie Lawless. Matt's grandfather, Jack, and two grand-uncles that were the inspiration for his book that the movie is based on, The Wettest County in the World.

 

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Aug 28, 2017
The Ten Commandments (Part 2)
01:22:48

This week we'll conclude our look into the historical accuracy of Cecil B. DeMille's classic film, The Ten Commandments.

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Aug 21, 2017
The Ten Commandments (Part 1)
01:36:30

With almost four hours of movie and plenty of religious subject matter to cover, we'll have to split this movie up into two parts to do it justice. On this episode we'll cover all the way up until the movie's intermission.

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Aug 14, 2017
Genius
36:09

2016's Genius tells the story of book editor Max Perkins and the authors he discovered, including Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

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Aug 07, 2017
A Few Good Men
27:15

Can you handle the truth? This week we'll see how much of A Few Good Men we can compare with history.

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Jul 31, 2017
Cool Runnings
28:39

Jamaica we have a bobsled team! Every sports fan loves the story of an underdog's rise to success. Disney's Cool Runnings is that and more. But is it historically accurate? That's what we aim to discover on this week's episode.

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Jul 24, 2017
Valkyrie
50:15

Political mutiny and clandestine plots against Adolf Hitler are the subject of this week's episode as we compare history with 2008's Valkyrie.

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Jul 17, 2017
Dunkirk
29:20

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk comes out on July 21st, but before it does let's take a moment to learn the true story so you can judge the film's historical accuracy for yourself when you go see it in theaters.

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Jul 10, 2017
The Patriot
42:55

July 4th is America's birthday, and this week we'll honor that as we compare history with Mel Gibson's epic Hollywood blockbuster, The Patriot.

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Jul 03, 2017
Tombstone
54:47

Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday have earned quite a reputation thanks to numerous Hollywood incarnations over the years. Arguably one of the most popular was with Tombstone. Let's find out how historically accurate Tombstone was.

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Jun 26, 2017
Schindler's List
45:25

It was one of the darkest hours in the world and amidst the horrors, Oskar Schindler managed to help save many lives from certain death. This week we'll find out how much of it was actually true as we compare history with Schindler's List.

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Jun 19, 2017
Behind the True Story of Bitter Harvest
33:19

In a first for Based on a True Story, we'll get an exclusive peek behind the true story of Bitter Harvest from the film's writer, Richard Bachynsky-Hoover.

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Jun 12, 2017
The Experiment
49:42

Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker put on a great performance in The Experiment in a story that's based on what most consider the most controversial psychology experiment in modern history. Was it proof that evil conquers good? Or was it just an example of a single experiment gone wrong? You decide...

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Jun 05, 2017
A League of Their Own
39:47

May 30th, 1943 was opening day for a new league. Did women really replace the men in baseball during World War II? This week on the podcast we'll learn more about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as we compare history with A League of Their Own.

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May 29, 2017
Men of Honor
36:48

Carl Brashear was the first to do many things. This week we'll compare history with Cuba Gooding Jr and Robert DeNiro's film Men of Honor.

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May 22, 2017
Cadillac Records
34:21

In a special listener request, we'll cover Cadillac Records and learn the true story behind the history of blues in Chicago.

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May 15, 2017
The Untouchables
34:09

Special guest Cody Wheat from the Shots of History podcast joins me this week as we compare history with The Untouchables.

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May 08, 2017
Citizen Kane
27:32

Today, Citizen Kane is considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time. However, when the movie Citizen Kane was released, the man who's life inspired the film was outraged. He tried his best to keep the movie from seeing the light of day. What would spark such outrage? Let's compare history with Citizen Kane.

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May 01, 2017
Mulan
20:25

No one expects Disney's Mulan to be very historically accurate, but let's take a few moments to learn more about the real story behind the movie.

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Apr 24, 2017
Lawrence of Arabia
36:37

Very few classic films from Hollywood have shaped how people in the U.S. see the Middle East more than Lawrence of Arabia...but is the movie historically accurate?

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Apr 17, 2017
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
49:12

It was the single worst sea disaster in the U.S. Navy, and it was covered up by the U.S. government at the end of World War II. Learn the true story behind USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

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Apr 10, 2017
Newsies
40:36

Newsies tells the story of the little guys (quite literally, the young newsboys) against "the man". In this case, "the man" being newspaper barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Hearst.

As fun as the movie may be, is it historically accurate? Let's find out!

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Apr 03, 2017
The Fellowship of the Ring
47:14

You know the story. Frodo and his band of companions start the journey to take the One Ring to Mordor. But is the story we saw on the big screen true to the story?

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Apr 01, 2017
Braveheart
47:39

William Wallace is still considered to be an incredibly important person in Scottish history. But is Mel Gibson's version accurate to the real William in history? Let's find out!

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Mar 27, 2017
The Men Who Stare at Goats
33:26

Who doesn't love a good conspiracy theory? We've got a doozy this week as we compare history with The Men Who Stare at Goats.

 

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Mar 20, 2017
Walt Before Mickey
50:18

Are you a Disney fan? Then you'll love this deep dive into the remarkable early life of Walt Disney as we compare history with the movie Walt Before Mickey.

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Mar 13, 2017
Everest
42:22

There's outdoor sports, then there's extreme outdoors activities. In this week's episode we'll compare history with Hollywood's version of Everest.

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Mar 06, 2017
Lion
35:53

Did you watch the Oscars last night? What a crazy turn of events with the whole Best Picture scandal. While most of the media will be covering Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway's goof at the end, we'll be covering one of the movies nominated for Best Picture that was based on the an amazing true story. Today, let's compare history with Hollywood's version of Lion.

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Feb 27, 2017
Bitter Harvest
34:04

This Friday, Bitter Harvest hits the theaters and tells a story that most people haven't heard. Learn the true story before you go see the film.

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Feb 20, 2017
Florence Foster Jenkins
32:46

Florence Foster Jenkins is up for a couple Academy Awards. Let's find out how accurate the movie is by comparing Hollywood with history.

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Feb 13, 2017
Black Mass
39:15

Compare history with Hollywood's version of Black Mass.

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Feb 06, 2017
13 Hours
37:51

Compare history with Hollywood's version of 13 Hours.

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Jan 30, 2017
The Big Short
48:14

Compare history with Hollywood's version of The Big Short.

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Jan 23, 2017
Titanic
01:13:43

You've seen the movie. But how much of Titanic was true, and how much of it was made up for the film? Let's compare history with Hollywood's blockbuster film, Titanic.

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Jan 16, 2017
The Pianist
27:49

He lived through unthinkable measures. At a time when millions were slaughtered, including his family and friends, Wladyslaw Szpilman managed to survive the Holocaust. He was The Pianist, and in 2003 there was a movie starring Adrian Brody telling his incredible story.

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Jan 09, 2017
Hidden Figures
27:24

This week we'll do something a bit different as we look ahead. Instead of learning about a movie that's already been released, we'll look ahead to a movie coming out this next weekend.

Hidden Figures tells the remarkable story of women at NASA who worked as Computers. Before you go see the movie in theaters, learn more about the women so you'll be able to tell just how accurate the movie is on your own.

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Jan 02, 2017
A Beautiful Mind
23:23

On October 11th, 1994, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced their Nobel prize winners. Three brilliant scientists jointly won the coveted award. They were Professor John C. Harsanyi from the University of California, Berkley, Dr. John F. Nash from Princeton University and Professor Dr. Reinhard Selten, from the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany.

Less than a month later, on November 13th, 1994, a writer for The New York Times wrote a great article called The Lost Years of a Nobel Laureate which told the story of one of those men, Dr. John Nash. The author of that article was Sylvia Nasar.

Sylvia, who was a staff writer at the Times when she wrote the article, would go on to expand on the article. In 1998, her book called A Beautiful Mind was released to critical acclaim. It would go on to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and win the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.

Soon after, muti-award winning Hollywood producer Brian Grazer read an excerpt from Sylvia's book in the Vanity Fair magazine. Brian is the co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, a company he co-founded with director Ron Howard in 1986. Brian's films, which include some we've covered on the podcast such as Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon, have won 43 Academy Awards and 131 Emmys. Needless to say, he knows a good story when he sees one. And he wasted no time in purchasing the film rights for Sylvia's book.

On December 13th, 2001, the film A Beautiful Mind premiered to a limited audience before it's nation-wide release on January 4th, 2002. With a budget of about $58 million, A Beautiful Mind had an all-star cast led by Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany and more. All under the helm of the talented Ron Howard as director.

The film was a smash hit as it earned over $317 million worldwide on its way to winning the coveted Oscar for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Despite such great numbers, many critics said the filmmakers changed around many of the key details, and omitted many more. Are they correct? Let's find out as we dive into the world of the Nobel Laureate John Forbes Nash, Jr., as we learn the true story behind A Beautiful Mind.

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Dec 26, 2016
Joyeux Noël
34:11

With the Christmas season upon us, I wanted to cover a film that'd help represent the Christmas spirit.

In 2005, French filmmaker Christian Carion released his second full-length feature film. Joyeux Noël, which translated to English means Merry Christmas, was released in France on November 9th, 2005, and only ended up making about $3.5 million at the box office. That's significantly less than the $22 million it cost to make.

The film wasn't released in the United States until June of 2006, which might be why it only made about $1 million in the U.S. A film about Christmas released in June doesn't set it up for success.

Still, despite not winning at the box office the film won the hearts of critics. In 2006, Joyeux Noël was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year at the Academy Awards, the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and the Best Film not in the English Language at the BAFTA Awards.

The story behind the film is of the 1914 Christmas truce, an event that took place as World War I was just getting started, and almost ended it before it began. Seemingly out of nowhere, enemy soldiers decided to lay down their arms and instead spent December 25th, 1914, by singing Christmas songs and exchanging gifts. What more could highlight the Christmas spirit than soldiers deciding to stop one of the bloodiest wars in human history?

Even if it was just for a short time.

At the end of Joyeux Noël, there's a bit of text on the screen that says the characters are fictional. But it's director, Christian Carion, claims the film is historically accurate. So how accurate is it?

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Dec 19, 2016
Spotlight
34:49

Tom McCarthy started his acting career with a short movie in 1989 called Roast Suckling. Although that's probably not something most have seen, he's one of those actors that you'd recognize when you see him. Probably because he's been in a lot of movies and TV shows you've seen.

He played a background character in Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts' 1997 thriller Conspiracy Theory.

In 2000, Tom has a recurring role on Boston Public as the character Kevin Riley. After more background character roles in movies such as Syriana and the Oscar nominated Flags of Our Fathers, Tom again had a recurring role on a TV show in 2008, this time for The Wire.

Some of Tom's more recent characters were Gordon, the loveable doctor who plays the new husband of John Cusack's ex-wife in the disaster movie 2012. Or as Dr. Bob in the comedy Little Fockers.

But Tom's career extends way beyond acting.

In 2009, Tom worked with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson to write the Pixar movie Up. In 2011, he directed the pilot episode for a little show on HBO called Game of Thrones. Unfortunately, HBO didn't like how it turned out, so they had to reshoot it.

Tom's career hit new heights when he wrote and directed the film that won the Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Eight movies were nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture in 2016. While the writers for films like Room and Brooklyn were inspired by things that happened in history, their stories aren't based on those events. Still, that leaves four movies that were based on a true story.

They are The Revenant, which was a movie we already learned about in the first episode, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, and last but not least, the movie that is the topic of our story today.

Spotlight ended up beating out the other seven nominees as it won two of the seven Oscars it was nominated for, including the coveted Best Picture and Best Writing, Original Screenplay for Tom McCarthy and his writing partner, Josh Singer.

Although Spotlight tells the story of corruption and cover-ups in the Catholic Church, Josh Singer explained in an interview with Creative Screenwriting that was secondary to the movie's plot. Josh said, "This story isn’t about exposing the Catholic Church. We were not on some mission to rattle people’s faith. In fact, Tom came from a Catholic family. The motive was to tell the story accurately while showing the power of the newsroom—something that’s largely disappeared today. This story is important. Journalism is important, and there is a deeper message in the story."

So if the cover-up was secondary to the movie's story, how much of the film was true?

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Dec 12, 2016
The Sound of Music
30:12

There are few movies that stand near the top of the all-time list for income. One of those movies is The Sound of Music.

With a budget of about $8 million when it was produced in the 1960s, it was one of the bigger budget films when it was made. That $8 million is about $62 million in today's United States dollars.

When it was released in 1965, it raked in over 35 times that amount, about $286 million on its way to an impressive five Academy Awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture in 1966. That equates to about $2.1 billion dollars today. Yes, that's billion with a "b". And since then it's made a couple hundred million more. So when you adjust for inflation, as of this writing, that ranks The Sound of Music as the fifth-highest grossing film of all time. That's behind Gone with the Wind at number one, followed by Avatar, Star Wars, and Titanic.

In a 2008 interview, the youngest of the von Trapp family portrayed in the film, Johannes von Trapp, said, "The Sound of Music was great, but it was an American version of my family’s life. It wasn’t what we were."

So if the movie isn't who they were, that begs the question: who were the real von Trapp family?

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Dec 05, 2016
Captain Phillips
34:13

Between 2004 and 2016, Paul Greengrass directed a total of six movies. Four of those have Matt Damon in them. Three of them are about the fictitious Jason Bourne character. Two of them are based on a true story.

Today, we're going to be looking at one of those movies.

In an effort to make 2013's Captain Phillips as authentic as possible, Paul Greengrass kept two groups of actors separate. One group had Tom Hanks playing the man the movie is named after, Captain Rich Phillips. In the other group were the actors portraying the Somali pirates.

These two groups of actors never met until their roles on set together. In an interview after the film was released, Tom Hanks explained, "We were kept separate for all that time. We could see guys that looked like they were Somalis but we didn't know who was who until they came roaring into us the day that we were shooting the scene where they were taking over the bridge of the ship."

Despite attempts at making the film as realistic as possible by doing things like keeping the actors separate, after Captain Phillips was released, many of the crewmen claimed the movie didn't accurately depict what happened.

With a budget of $55 million, Captain Phillips made about half that on opening weekend on its way to a profitable $107 million in theaters. It was also nominated for six Oscars, and while it didn't end up winning at the Academy Awards, much of the movie's success can be attributed to the amazingly intense way the film portrays the situation. It seems so real. But is it?

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Nov 28, 2016
Pocahontas
28:15

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, I thought it'd be a great opportunity to travel back in time to the days of Colonial America. Then I realized there's not really a lot of movies about the actual Thanksgiving story. So I decided to go with something that, although not about the Thanksgiving story itself, could transport us back to those days. And it's also a great opportunity to do something we haven't tackled yet on the podcast, a Disney animation.

In the mid-1990s, the animation team at Disney was on a roll. Tapping into their pool of talent, Aladdin animator Eric Goldberg and The Rescuers Down Under director Mike Gabriel teamed up to take on a new challenge: adapting a true story for the big screen in Pocahontas.

Timed to release on exactly 400 years after the real Pocahontas was born, Disney released their own musical interpretation of the story on June 16th, 1995. The movie boasted an amazing all-star cast including Irene Bedard, Mel Gibson, and Christian Bale, just to name a few.

With a budget at about $55 million to make, it was a smash hit in the box office as it raked in over half that in the opening weekend. In all, it made over $140 million in theaters. At the time, that put it at #8 on the all-time Disney list of box office results. Of course, as time goes on its dropped quite a bit—as of recording this, thanks to Disney's acquisition of Pixar and Star Wars, Pocahontas is #65.

While it was certainly a box office success, Pocahontas was severely criticized by a lot of historians for telling a tale that most people now believe to be a true story when, in fact, it was almost entirely inaccurate with what actually happened.

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Nov 21, 2016
Defiance
33:39

Nechama Tec was born in Lublin, Poland in 1931. When she was eight years old, her life would forever change as Nazis invaded her hometown. As a Polish Jew, she survived the Holocaust thanks to Polish Catholics who hid her from the Nazis.

Over forty years later, in the 1980s, Nechama started doing research on the events that she had lived through. Her book, When Light Pierced the Darkness: Christian Rescue of Jews in Nazi-Occupied Poland was published in 1986. It was while Nechama was researching for this book that she called up a man named Tuvia Bielski, who was living in Brooklyn at the time.

"He was very friendly and wanted to know what book I'm writing," Nechama recalled in an interview with NPR. After explaining that she was researching the story of a man who had helped over 300 Jews escape the Nazis, Tuvia replied: "Big deal. When you come to me, I will show you how people saved more than a thousand."

And that's how Nechama found the topic for her next book, which would be published in 1993 titled Defiance: The Bielski Partisans.

Nechama's book about the Bielski brothers never reached #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller's List, but it won numerous awards, including the International Anne Frank Special Recognition Prize.

One of Edward Zwick's friends found the book and was so fascinated by it that he passed it onto the director. Initially, Edward was hesitant of doing yet another Holocaust movie, but he was so enthralled by the story that he couldn't resist. In 1999, Edward acquired the film rights and started work on the film.

It took nearly a decade before it was ready to start shooting. And when it did, they had to act fast. Actor Daniel Craig was cast for the lead role in May of 2007, but they had to start shooting right away so he could move onto another obligation as James Bond in Quantum of Solace. So shooting for Defiance began in September of 2007 and wrapped up in just three months.

On January 19th, 2009, Defiance was released to underwhelming box office numbers. With a budget of $32 million, the film would go on to only make back about $28 million in theaters. After Nechama saw the film, she was shocked by some of the changes Hollywood made.

Let's find out just how much changed as we learn the true story behind Defiance.

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Nov 14, 2016
The Wolf of Wall Street
23:33

The latest in the line of collaborations between actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese is 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street. It received positive reviews, and also held the honor of topping the most-pirated films list of 2014. That's according to copyright tracking firm Excipio, which puts out a list of the most pirated films each year. Their report indicated The Wolf of Wall Street was the most-pirated in 2014 with over 30 million illegal downloads.

But that didn't stop The Wolf of Wall Street from raking in almost $400 million, about four times what it cost to make, and making it Martin Scorsese's highest-grossing film.

Oh, and as a fun little fact, the movie also had variations on the F-word being said 569 times. Since the film clocks in at an even 180 minutes, or exactly three hours, that comes to 3.16 uses per minute.

That's the most uses in a mainstream film, assuming you don't count 2014's Swearnet: The Movie and a documentary dedicated to the word. And the swearing is just part of it. The film was on the path to an NC-17 rating thanks to rampent use of explicit sex, drugs and, of course, the swearing. But that wouldn't work in theaters, so Scorsese agreed to remove a few scenes filled with sex and nudity so it could get an R rating.

If you've seen the movie, you'll know how crazy the story is. Surely most of that was added for the big screen. Or was it?

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Nov 07, 2016
The Conjuring
29:37

Happy Halloween! I wanted to do something special this week. I thought it'd be fun to cover the true story behind something scary. But after starting to look for some movies to fit the bill, I quickly realized most of the scary movies that claim to be based on a true story also require a belief in something extraordinary—something supernatural.

Some stories are simply strange, and we don't know the truth. The only thing we do know is what those who lived through the events claim. With that in mind, and in the spirit of Halloween, let's hear the tale of those who were involved and see how it compares to Hollywood's reinterpretation of The Conjuring.

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Oct 31, 2016
Steve Jobs
32:04

Few can debate the huge impact Steve Jobs had on the world. So it's no wonder that after Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, there was in influx of news and media surrounding the life of the outspoken Apple co-founder and CEO.

If you listened to episode on The Social Network, you'll already know how Aaron Sorkin dropped the true story for a good story. So how did he do for his movie about Apple's famous CEO and co-founder? Let's find out as we compare Hollywood with history for 2015's Steve Jobs.

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Oct 24, 2016
Amazing Grace
28:07

Whether or not you're even religious, you've probably heard of the song Amazing Grace. It's one of those Christian hymns that just about everyone has heard, or at least heard of, at some point. It was first published in 1779 by John Newton.

While you may think the named after John's song is about John's life, it's not. Instead it's about a man who was perhaps the first to be influenced by John's moving life story and the song. It's about a man who was perhaps the single most influential man in the abolishment of slavery in Britain. Let's learn the true story behind the movie Amazing Grace.

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Oct 17, 2016
The Finest Hours
27:08

In a retelling of one of the greatest moments in U.S. Coast Guard's history, The Finest Hours is a feel-good movie of true heroism. When sitting down to write the film, screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson had the chance to do something not everyone does: interview the actual people who lived the story.

Since they had the chance to talk to the survivors, does that mean the story was historically accurate? Let's find out as we learn about the true story of The Finest Hours.

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Oct 10, 2016
The Black Dahlia
34:38

Elizabeth Short's murder was considered to be the crime of the century. And it's a mystery that many are still fascinated by, decades later. So when Brian De Palma directed a 2006 movie of the same name, many moviegoers wanted to see a true crime story of The Black Dahlia.

They were sorely disappointed. Let's dive into the real story of The Black Dahlia and find out just how accurate the movie was.

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Oct 03, 2016
Deepwater Horizon
20:38

The movie Deepwater Horizon comes out on this Friday. So again we're going to take some time to look ahead at a movie. Before you go see the movie in theaters, let's take a few minutes to learn what happened before, during, and after the disaster so you'll know just how accurate Hollywood was during its retelling.

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Sep 26, 2016
The Great Escape
30:27

Despite having an all-star cast and being based on a true story, most of the characters in the film didn't actually exist. Instead, Hollywood opted to merge together multiple people into a single character to help push the story forward while not having to deal with an ensemble cast in the hundreds.

As I'm sure you can guess, this also forced them to change the story around from the way things really happened.

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Sep 19, 2016
Argo
23:32

Even though Argo starts off with text that says it's based on a true story, the movie was actually based primarily on two sources: a book by Tony Mendez, the CIA agent Ben Affleck plays, and a 2007 article on Wired by Joshuah Bearman.

So how much of Argo is true? And how much of it was fictionalized for the film?

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Sep 12, 2016
Pawn Sacrifice
25:19

Pawn Sacrifice tells the story of one of the greatest chess players of all time—Bobby Fischer. How do you make the game of chess into an interesting story? With Bobby Fischer's life, you don't need to stretch it too far.

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Sep 05, 2016
Apollo 13
59:40

Ron Howard and Tom Hanks teamed up for their second of now four movies the duo have worked on together in 1995 with Apollo 13.

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Aug 29, 2016
The Danish Girl
20:01

Lili Isle Elvenes, better known as Lili Elbe, was one of the first known recipients of a gender reassignment surgery. In 2015, her life was brought to the forefront of many people's minds when Alicia Vikander won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film. Despite the film's success at the Academy Awards, there was a fair share of inaccuracies in the story on the big screen.

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Aug 22, 2016
The Social Network
31:13

The Social Network tells the story behind one of the world's most popular websites, Facebook. It's got everything that makes for a great story--there's greed, corruption, lawsuits and Justin Timberlake. But how true is the depiction of the site's early days? Let's find out.

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Aug 15, 2016
Anthropoid
46:36

Anthropoid hits theaters on Friday. It's the story of how the Czechoslovakian government, forced into exile after the Germans occupied their homeland in 1938, tried to fight back and take down Reinhard Heydrich at the height of World War II. Learn the true story before you see the movie.

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Aug 08, 2016
Ali
33:22

Will Smith would say Ali was the film he was most proud of as an actor. And it tells a very important story of a true legend: Muhammad Ali.

Although it wasn't a box office success by the numbers, Will Smith and Jon Voight would go on to be nominated for their own Academy Awards for the film for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

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Aug 01, 2016
Pain & Gain
25:52

Pain & Gain is the first comedy we've covered here on the show. It was also the first comedy for Michael Bay since another Miami-based story, Bad Boys II in 2003. Another first for Pain & Gain is that, unlike the Transformer series, it's Michael Bay's first movie with a shred of truth. But the real story is anything but a comedy.

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Jul 25, 2016
Zodiac
33:44

In 2007, director David Fincher helmed the movie simply entitled, Zodiac, which tells the thrilling story of a rash of killings in the 1960s and 70s.

Despite the film's failure at the box office, the subject is one that seems to pique the public's interest whenever it's mentioned.

In fact, it was just a few months ago during this year's presidential race in the United States when an internet meme led to a conspiracy that Republican Senator Ted Cruz was compared to an infamous serial killer known only as the Zodiac Killer.

The conspiracy grew enough attention that Cruz's wife even replied to the comments, and of course she denied the claim.

And while it's silly to assume Cruz, who was born in 1970, is a serial killer who has murders attributed to them going back as far as the late 1960s, the Zodiac Killer is one of those mysteries that keeps people wondering.

Perhaps it's because, to this day, it's still unexplained.

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Jul 18, 2016
Catch Me If You Can
42:14

In 2002, Steven Spielberg started filming the life of Frank Abagnale. Fortunately it only took about four months of filming for Spielberg to get the shots he needed. On Christmas Day of 2002, Spielberg's DreamWorks released Catch Me If You Can. The movie, which was directed by Spielberg himself, starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale along with other Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen.

 

The film was a box office hit as it raked in over $160 million dollars.

Frank Abagnale himself gave the film that was based on his life story some high praise -- but he was quick to point out there were plenty of inaccuracies. According to Frank, "it's important to understand that it is just a movie…not a biographical documentary."

So who was Frank Abagnale? And what is the true story of one of the world's most prolific con artists?

 

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Jul 11, 2016
The Hunt for Red October
38:39

Tom Clancy is known for his captivating military stories with stunningly accurate technical details. Clancy's career started with a fascinating novel: The Hunt for Red October.

The Hunt for Red October is based on the true story of a brilliant young political officer by the name of Valery Sablin. While Clancy was praised by military officers for its technical accuracy, as it turns out the story of Valery Sablin differs pretty significantly from Hollywood's version.

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Jun 27, 2016
Free State of Jones
39:43

Next Friday, on June 24th, director Gary Ross, the three-time Academy Award nominated writer and director behind Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games and Pleasantville, has taken his place behind the camera once again in a movie he's written.

This time Ross takes his talents back in time to tell the true true story of a farmer in Mississippi named Newton Knight. But how much of Free State of Jones is truth? Get to know the true story before you see the movie in this week's podcast.

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Jun 13, 2016
300
42:28

This year, Zack Snyder directed the epic Batman v Superman superhero movie, but it wasn't his first foray into comics. In fact, that came in 2006 when he directed the epic retelling of Frank Miller's popular comic book, 300. The movie with the same name was a smash hit and became an instant classic as it told the story of the hero King Leonidas and his small band of 300 Spartans against an insurmountable horde of enemies. But we all know Synder's interpretation was based on Miller's comic, so how much of it was actually true?

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May 30, 2016
Frost/Nixon
37:54

Eight years ago, in 2008, Ron Howard directed the Oscar-nominated retelling of what are still the most popular political interviews to ever air on national TV. Frost/Nixon tells the story of 12 interviews performed by British talk-show host David Frost with the former President Nixon. The interviews were performed three years after Nixon had made history by becoming the first United States president -- and only president -- to ever resign from office. Then, in the interviews, Nixon did something else a president never does -- admit guilt on national TV.

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May 16, 2016
The Imitation Game
01:13:20

Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley starred in 2014's The Imitation Game. Set in the midst of World War II, The Imitation Game tells the story of British mathematician Alan Turing and his quest to conquer the German Enigma code. While the movie did a great job relaying what it did, there's more to the story of Turing's amazing life and its incredibly sad end.

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May 02, 2016
42
24:28

On April 15th, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, in honor of the man who broke down racial barriers by becoming the first black player in the MLB. A few years ago, a movie named after Jackie's jersey number -- 42 -- was released to an extremely positive critical response.

How much of the story was true and what was missing from the movie? We'll find out in this week's episode about the movie 42.

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Apr 18, 2016
The Revenant
31:37

When a movie says it's based on a true story, how much of that is actually real? In our first episode we'll look at the true story behind 2015's blockbuster hit The Revenant.

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Apr 02, 2016