226: This Week: Steve Jobs, U-571 and The Challenger Disaster

For the week between January 23rd to January 29th, we’ll be learning about historical events that were depicted in Steve Jobs, U-571 and The Challenger Disaster. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases […]

225: King Arthur with Professor Dorsey Armstrong

Today we’re learning about the 2004 movie King Arthur starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Professor Armstrong is a medievalist who has been published numerous times over decades for her work studying the legends of and surrounding King Arthur, and she’ll join us today to separate fact from fiction in the movie. Get King Arthur: […]

224: This Week: El Chapo, La Révolution française and Zulu

For the week between January 16th to January 22nd, we’ll be learning about historical events that were depicted in El Chapo, La Révolution française and Zulu. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases […]

223: This Week: Roman Empire, Walk the Line and Sully

For the week between January 9th to January 15th, we’ll be learning about historical events that were depicted in Netflix’s Roman Empire, Walk the Line and Sully. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

222: Introducing Based on a True Story This Week

Today we’re learning about the 1960 movie Spartacus that was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons. We’ll learn about the real history from Barry Strauss, author of The Spartacus War, an authoritative account of the true story. Get The Spartacus War Did you enjoy this episode? Help support […]

221: Spartacus with Barry Strauss

Today we’re learning about the 1960 movie Spartacus that was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons. We’ll learn about the real history from Barry Strauss, author of The Spartacus War, an authoritative account of the true story. Get The Spartacus War Did you enjoy this episode? Help support […]

220: Classic: The Man Who Invented Christmas

Today we’re replaying an episode of Based on a True Story from 2018 about the 2017 movie The Man Who Invented Christmas. The story the movie tells the tale of Charles Dickens as he struggles to write A Christmas Carol. Get The Man Who Invented Christmas book Listen to A Christmas Carol Did you enjoy […]

219: History Daily Presents The Signing of the World War One Armistice

Today we’ll learn about the World War One armistice from our friends at the History Daily podcast. Listen to History Daily Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our links on this […]

218: All Quiet on the Western Front with Dr. Christopher Warren

All Quiet on the Western Front has been adapted to the screen multiple times since World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque published his novel of the same name in 1929. Today we’ll learn about the newest adaptation that was released on Netflix on October 28, 2022. Helping us separate fact from fiction in the movie […]

217: Dahmer with Robyn Maharaj

Netflix’s Dahmer was watched for 865 million hours in the first 28 days, making it one of the most popular Netflix originals of all time. Today we’ll dive into the true story behind the series with Robyn Maharaj, who wrote the book Grilling Dahmer: The Interrogation of “the Milwaukee Cannibal” with Patrick Kennedy, the detective […]

216: Pirates of the Caribbean with Colin Woodard

Disney has released five movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and while they’re clearly fictional movies they pull from and have influenced our views of what the real pirates of history were like. New York Times Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize Finalist author Colin Woodard has a fantastic book called The Republic of Pirates […]