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September 17, 2019
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.   Find the links mentioned in this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/140-tag-with-tag-brothers-patrick-and-joe/   Support Based on a True Story and get exclusive bonus content: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
August 18, 2019
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.   Subscribe to Michael's podcast at: https://pod.amrevpodcast.com/     Support Based on a True Story and get bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
August 1, 2019
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.   Find more resources and the transcript at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/138-mary-queen-of-scots/ Support the podcast to get access to exclusive bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
July 9, 2019
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/   Find more about this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/137-cleopatra-with-dr-zahi-hawass/ Support Based on a True Story at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
June 24, 2019
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
June 17, 2019
Today's episode will talk about the renowned artist Vincent van Gogh as depicted in the movie Loving Vincent.   Find the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/135-loving-vincent/     Enjoy this week's episode? Based on a True Story is 100% listener supported. You can help keep the show going and get exclusive bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support
June 3, 2019
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.   Find the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/134-the-longest-day-with-marty-morgan/ Marty's work mentioned in the episode: Marty's books D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy More about Marty Marty's site Marty's D-Day tour
May 20, 2019
Today we'll travel back in time to the days of Greek mythology as we compare the 2004 movie Troy with history.   Find the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/133-troy/     Enjoy this week's episode? Based on a True Story is 100% listener supported. You can help keep the show going and get exclusive bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support
May 6, 2019
This is the story of the 1919 Black Sox scandal that rocked the world of Major League Baseball.   Find the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/132-eight-men-out/      Enjoy this week's episode? Based on a True Story is 100% listener supported. You can help keep the show going and get exclusive bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support  
April 22, 2019
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! Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/131-seabiscuit/   Enjoy this week's episode? Based on a True Story is 100% listener supported. You can help keep the show going and get exclusive bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support  
April 8, 2019
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. Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/130-the-perfect-storm/   Get access to the Producer's Feed at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
April 1, 2019
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.   Want to get more bonus episodes and minisodes covering fictional movies? Find out how at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
March 25, 2019
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. Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/128-malcolm-x/   Get access to the Producer's Feed at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
March 11, 2019
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.   Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/127-lbj/   Get access to the Producer's Feed at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
February 25, 2019
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.   Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/126-jfk/   Get access to the Producer's Feed at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
February 11, 2019
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!   Find resources, the transcript and more over at www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/125-bohemian-rhapsody/
January 28, 2019
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.   Learn even more with the resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/124-the-catcher-was-a-spy/
January 21, 2019
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. If you want to continue getting access to the Producer's Feed for even more minisodes and bonus content, check out https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/   Questions about what this is all about? Email me at dan@basedonatruestorypodcast.com  
January 14, 2019
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.   Prefer to read the story? Find the transcript for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/123-the-greatest-showman/
December 31, 2018
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.   Prefer to read the story? Find the transcript for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/122-all-the-presidents-men/
December 24, 2018
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.   Prefer to read the story? Find the transcript for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/121-a-christmas-carol/
December 17, 2018
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... Find the sources for this episode and plenty more resources to dig into the true story yourself at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/120-the-man-who-invented-christmas
December 3, 2018
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... Find sources, resources, and more to dive deeper into the true story over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/119-finding-neverland/
November 19, 2018
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...   Get more resources and learn more about this story at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/118-hidalgo/
November 5, 2018
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.   Dig deeper into the story at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/117-rob-roy-with-moxie-labouche/   Listen to Moxie's show, Your Brain on Facts, at http://www.yourbrainonfacts.com/  
October 22, 2018
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.   Want even more? Dig deeper into the story with resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/116-professor-marston-and-the-wonder-women/
October 8, 2018
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.   Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/115-che/
September 24, 2018
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.   Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/114-empire-of-the-sun/
September 10, 2018
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. Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/113-united-93/
August 27, 2018
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. Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/112-elizabeth-the-golden-age/
August 13, 2018
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. Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/111-rabbit-proof-fence/
July 30, 2018
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.   Show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/110-communion-with-rob-kristoffersen/   Check out Rob's show at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/our-strange-skies/id1324932558    
July 16, 2018
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. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/109-goodbye-christopher-robin/
July 2, 2018
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. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/108-the-ghost-and-the-darkness/
June 18, 2018
Learn more about World War I Medal of Honor recipient who was the subject of the 1941 Gary Cooper film simply called Sergeant York. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/107-sergeant-york/
June 4, 2018
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. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/106-elizabeth/
May 21, 2018
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.
May 21, 2018
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.
April 23, 2018
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. Learn more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/103-lowell-lefebvre/
April 16, 2018
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. Help me keep the lights on while getting some cool perks by becoming a Producer of the show: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
April 9, 2018
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. Help me keep the lights on while getting some cool perks by becoming a Producer of the show: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
April 2, 2018
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. Find books, articles and more resources for this episode over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/100-king-arthur/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
April 1, 2018
Surprise! Enjoy April Fools Day with this special bonus episode as we continue our look at The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Find books, articles and more resources for this episode over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/99-the-two-towers/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
March 26, 2018
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. Find books, articles and more resources for this episode over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/98-pirates-of-silicon-valley/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
March 19, 2018
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. Find books, articles and more resources for this episode over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/97-bonnie-and-clyde/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
March 12, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/96-the-monuments-men/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
March 5, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/95-sweet-dreams/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
February 26, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/94-anastasia/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
February 19, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/93-bonus-from-hell-and-the-historical-context/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
February 19, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/93-from-hell/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
February 12, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/92-the-other-boleyn-girl/ This episode was a special request from official BOATS Producer Heidi.
February 5, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/91-the-hindenburg/ Unlock bonus episodes here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
January 29, 2018
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? Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/90-the-founder/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
January 22, 2018
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. Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/89-the-man-in-the-iron-mask/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
January 15, 2018
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? Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/88-birth-of-the-dragon/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
January 8, 2018
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. Check out Scott's podcast here: http://historyunpluggedpodcast.com/   Learn more about the true story and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/87-hawmps/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
January 1, 2018
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.   Learn more about the true story, read the transcript and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/86-the-lost-city-of-z/ Unlock bonus episodes here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
December 25, 2017
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.   Get links to the original works of literature at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/85-christmas-special-2017/
December 18, 2017
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"?   Learn more about the true story, read the transcript and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/84-the-greatest-showman/  
December 11, 2017
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.   Learn more about the true story, read the transcript and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/83-becoming-jane/ This episode was recommended by Andrea.  
December 4, 2017
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.  Find more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/82-pearl-harbor-and-tora-tora-tora-with-corey-constable/
November 27, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/81-kingdom-of-heaven/
November 20, 2017
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.   Learn more about the true story, read the transcript and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/80-das-boot/ This episode was recommended by Frank from Way Off Topic Radio. Find his show at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/way-off-topic-radio/id1092861844?mt=2
November 13, 2017
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.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/79-darkest-hour/
November 6, 2017
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.   Learn more about the true story, read the transcript and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/78-grace-of-monaco/  
October 30, 2017
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. Get the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/77-the-mothman-prophecies/ Check out Sam's show at http://www.notalonepodcast.com/
October 23, 2017
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.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/76-loving/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast  
October 16, 2017
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.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/75-the-right-stuff/
October 9, 2017
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.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/74-mata-hari/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast    
October 2, 2017
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.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/73-flash-of-genius/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast    
September 25, 2017
Get a look at a different angle of World War II as we compare the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates with history.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/72-enemy-at-the-gates/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast  
September 18, 2017
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.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/71-ip-man/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/   Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast  
September 11, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/70-rush/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
September 4, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/69-breach/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
August 28, 2017
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.   Pick up Matt's book: https://www.amazon.com/Wettest-County-World-Novel-Based/dp/1416561404/ Learn more about Matt: http://www.mattbondurant.com/   Get the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/68-lawless/ Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
August 21, 2017
This week we'll conclude our look into the historical accuracy of Cecil B. DeMille's classic film, The Ten Commandments.  Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/67-the-ten-commandments-part-2/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
August 14, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/66-the-ten-commandments-part-1/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
August 7, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/65-genius/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
July 31, 2017
Can you handle the truth? This week we'll see how much of A Few Good Men we can compare with history. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/64-a-few-good-men/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
July 24, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/63-cool-runnings/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
July 17, 2017
Political mutiny and clandestine plots against Adolf Hitler are the subject of this week's episode as we compare history with 2008's Valkyrie. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/62-valkyrie/
July 10, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/61-dunkirk/
July 3, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/60-the-patriot/
June 26, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/59-tombstone/
June 19, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/58-schindlers-list/
June 12, 2017
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. See some behind the scenes images and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/57-behind-the-true-story-of-bitter-harvest/
June 5, 2017
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... Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/56-the-experiment/
May 29, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/55-a-league-of-their-own/
May 22, 2017
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. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/54-men-of-honor/
May 15, 2017
In a special listener request, we'll cover Cadillac Records and learn the true story behind the history of blues in Chicago. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/53-cadillac-records/
May 8, 2017
Special guest Cody Wheat from the Shots of History podcast joins me this week as we compare history with The Untouchables. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/52-the-untouchables/
May 1, 2017
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. Check out all of the resources we talk about in the episode and plenty more over at the show's home on the web at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/51-citizen-kane
April 24, 2017
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. Check out all of the resources we talk about in the episode and plenty more over at the show's home on the web at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/50-mulan/
April 17, 2017
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?   Check out all of the resources we talk about in the episode and plenty more over at the show's home on the web at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/49-lawrence-of-arabia/
April 10, 2017
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. Get the full show notes: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/48-uss-indianapolis
April 3, 2017
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!   Get the full show notes: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/47-newsies/
April 1, 2017
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?   Get the full show notes: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/46-the-fellowship-of-the-ring/
March 27, 2017
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! Get the full show notes: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/45-braveheart/
March 20, 2017
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.   Get the full show notes here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/44-the-men-who-stare-at-goats/
March 13, 2017
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. Check out the full show notes, get the transcript and more at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/43-walt-before-mickey/
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