186: 1492: Conquest of Paradise with Patrick Wyman

Patrick Wyman is a historian, host of the Tides of History podcast and author of The Verge. He joins us today to dive into the historical accuracy of Ridley Scott’s 1992 movie 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Get Patrick’s new book Listen to Patrick’s podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions […]

181: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

Today we’ll learn about the historical accuracy of 2003’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Helping us separate fact from fiction is Gordon Laco, who was the Lead Technical Advisor and Historical Consultant for the movie. Gordon’s website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

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 […]

149: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Dr. Sean McGlynn

There are many versions of Robin Hood’s story that have been on the big screen. Today we’ll chat with historian Dr. Sean McGlynn about the 1991 classic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Get Sean’s book, Robin Hood: A True Legend Blood Cries Afar: The Magna Carta War and the Invasion of England 1215-1217 King John and […]

129: The Return of the King

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.  Resources Based on a […]

118: Hidalgo

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…  Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Is […]

111: Rabbit-Proof Fence

Learn the amazing story of three girls who, in 1931, walked about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) along the rabbit-proof fence in Australia as they tried to find their way home. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) – IMDb Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence – […]

108: The Ghost and the Darkness

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. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) – IMDb Tsavo Man-Eaters – Wikipedia John […]

101: The Last of the Mohicans

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 […]

100: King Arthur

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 […]

99: The Two Towers

Surprise! Enjoy April Fools Day with this special bonus episode as we continue our look at The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – Plot Summary – IMDb Amazon.com: The Lord of […]