238: A United Kingdom with Jens Heycke

In the 2016 movie A United Kingdom, we learn about the controversial interracial marriage between Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. How well did the movie do telling the true story? Author Jens Heycke joins Based on a True Story to help us separate fact from fiction in the film. Get Jens book Follow Jens Did […]

234: Radioactive with Lauren Redniss

Today we’re learning about the 2019 movie Radioactive with Lauren Redniss, who is the artist and author who wrote the book of the same name that the movie was based on. Get Lauren’s book See more of Lauren’s work Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Disclaimer: Dan […]

229: One Night with the King with Michael LeFebvre

Today we’re learning about the 2006 movie One Night with the King. Dr. Michael LeFebvre is a Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians and an Old Testament scholar who will join us to separate fact from fiction in the movie. Michael’s article on Esther Michael’s podcast on Esther Michael’s author page on Amazon Did […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

215: Being the Ricardos with Michael Karol

The 2021 Amazon Original Movie Being the Ricardos tells us the story behind the scenes of the husband/wife team behind I Love Lucy, Dezi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) and Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman). To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll learn from Michael Karol, author of the book Lucy A to Z: […]

212: Pearl Harbor with Marty Morgan

Pearl Harbor

Released in 2001, Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor is often criticized as being entirely inaccurate as it attempts to tell the story of the surprise attack on December 7th, 1941 that led to the United States entering World War II. Today we’ll be joined by historian and author Marty Morgan to take a deep dive into […]

211: The X-Files with Rob Kristoffersen

The classic TV series The X-Files is fiction, but there are some true stories and UFO cases that inspired episodes of the series. To help us learn more about them, we’ll chat with UFO researcher and host of Our Strange Skies, Rob Kristoffersen. Listen to Our Strange Skies Raechel’s Eyes episode Rob mentions Did you […]