Based on a True Story is an award-winning weekly podcast that compares what really happened with what we see on the silver screen.
Each week we’ll learn about a different movie that claims to be “based on a true story” and see just how accurate it was. Sometimes the movie has those words in it, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes they’re pretty close, other times it’s not.
It’s always fun, educational, and a great story.
We’ll travel through history together as we and compare what actually happened with the story told in the movie. New episodes are about 30-40 minutes and released every Monday morning just in time for your morning commute.
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The Based on a True Story podcast will continue to be free for as long as I can keep paying my bills and keep the show going. But as any podcast host will tell you, it’s not free. I’ve set up a few different ways you can help me continue to produce the podcast while getting a little something fun in return.
The best way to support the show is through a third-party service called Patreon. With Patreon you can pledge a monthly donation for as little as $1 to as much as you’d like. As a special bonus, I’m offering a behind the scenes peek at how the podcast is made and some of my thoughts on the creation of each episode for patrons. Hop over and support the show at Patreon.com/BasedonaTrueStoryPodcast/.
Perhaps you’re looking for a way to revisit one of the shows in written form. You can support the show by purchasing the stories from the show on Amazon. See FAQs below for more information on the transcripts.
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What research materials do you use?
I get asked this a lot (hence FAQ), but unfortunately there’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. For each episode, there’s an array of books, media and online sources that I use. You can find links to a lot of these on each episode page, but that’s not all of them. Those are typically only the public, online resources. It doesn’t include things from sites behind a paywall like Ancestry.com and Newspapers.com. It also doesn’t include physical resources like books, magazines and documentaries. The primary reason for that is because it’d take a really long time to find links to each of those sources and, quite honestly, I’d rather spend that time working on the episode. If you have any questions about particular resources or episodes, please feel free to reach out.
Are the transcripts the same as the books the movies are based on?
Not at all. In fact, my primary hope for the show is to spark the interest in you to go buy the books, movies, and other resources that can help you learn even more. The show and the transcripts are intended solely for entertainment purposes, and to help point you in the right direction to learn more.
The transcripts on Amazon aren’t replacements, nor are they copies, of the books, movies, or any other writings that inspired the movies. They are original works of my own opinion. They do not represent the opinion of anyone mentioned in them. They are written in a completely different form and in an original manner.
So although they may reference movies, people, authors, places, or other historical items, they are original works that I own. If you want to know what’s in a transcript before buying one, listen to that episode. The transcripts are exactly the same as the podcast episode you hear, with a few minor grammatical fixes that I notice along the way.
What kind of show is Based on a True Story?
It’s essentially a movie review podcast. I just focus on the historical side of things instead of giving the movies a five-star rating. Think of my movie reviews like Blinkist, except instead of book summaries, my reviews only summarize a very specific thing–the historical accuracy of a movie. Each episode and transcript are original works that cover my opinions of how well a movie did when compared to the story in history it was trying to tell. For example, the modified version of a movie’s title in the show, 300 becomes Based on a True Story: 300, simply to identify the movie I’m reviewing.
Is the show historically accurate?
I try to make it as accurate as I can. But the truth is, I’m an independent producer creating a weekly entertainment podcast. So there’s no way I could ever hope to spend years researching each episode. That’s why my intent for the show isn’t to be a replacement for anything, but to be the catalyst that drives you to the books, movies, or other resources of the authors who did spend that time getting the details down. Don’t take my word for it; dive in and let’s learn the true stories together! You can post to the Facebook group with what you’ve found to spark up discussions.
Every show and transcript are either my own opinions of a movie’s historical accuracy based on things I’ve researched, fair use of news coverage at the time or other historical documents, or if I must quote something then I try to only source from works in the public domain. Unfortunately, some websites out there don’t always do a great job of sharing where they got the information from. If you’re the owner of copyrighted content that I’ve quoted incorrectly, or you notice something that is copyrighted works or should not be there please let me know and I can either remove the transcript or remove the offending content.
Like many other podcasts who find ways help supplement the costs of creating the show, I simply release the transcripts on Amazon as a way of helping me balance the podcast and web hosting costs. So you should only purchase the transcripts on Amazon if you want to help me cover those costs. Think of them like any other movie review–because that’s exactly what they are. They are not a replacement for buying the books, movies or other any other media that inspired the movies we love.
I’m an author, and I noticed something incorrect
First, thanks for taking the time to let me know! While I try to do as much research as I can, on a weekly schedule (part time) I’m unable to spend the amount of time researching each episode that the authors (you!) do who create the wonderful books who tell the real story. If you’re an author who has noticed something incorrect in one of my episodes, please let me know! I would love to have you come on the show where we can correct the mistakes I’ve made, and help promote your book at the same time. If you’d prefer not to be on the show, use the link above to email me and let me know what I missed, and I’d be happy to update the episode with the correct information as soon as time allows.