180: The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck

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 […]

179: The Passion of The Christ with Dr. David Chapman

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 […]

177: The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze

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. The Battle of […]

176: Greyhound with Gordon Laco

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. Gordon’s website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based […]

174: Waterloo with Alexander Mikaberidze

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 […]

166: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer

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 help make the longest episode name ever as we compare history with the 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Subscribe to Legends of the Old West Subscribe to Infamous […]

164: Windtalkers with Judith Avila

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. Get Judith’s book ‘Code Talker’ Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based […]

163: Patton with Furman Daniel

Author Furman Daniel joins us today to separate fact from fiction in the classic World War II film Patton. Furman is the author of multiple books about Patton, including his latest called Patton: Battling with History. Get Furman’s book, Patton: Battling with History 21st Century Patton: Strategic Insights for the Modern Era Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on […]

160: Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade

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. […]

159: Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan

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. Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Get Marty’s book Down to Earth: The […]

158: Midway with Craig Symonds

There are multiple movies that cover the Battle of Midway during World War II. Today, we’ll be talking about the 2019 movie directed by Roland Emmerich that stars Woody Harrison, Dennis Quaid and Nick Jonas. To help us separate fact from fiction, I’m joined by Craig Symonds. Craig is the Earnest J. King Professor of […]