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 […]

185: J. Edgar with Paul Letersky

The 2011 biopic from Clint Eastwood offers a look into the life of J. Edgar Hoover. Today we’ll be talking to author and former FBI agent Paul Letersky, who was Hoover’s assistant in the FBI. Get Paul’s book Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our […]

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 […]

156: Mutiny on the Bounty with Brandon Huebner

1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty is one of the most popular requests to cover. Today, we’ll do that with the help of Brandon Huebner, the host of The Maritime History Podcast. Subscribe to Brandon’s podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our links on this page. […]

155: Les Miserables with Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels, Author and Yale’s Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1998’s depiction of Les Miserables. Get Maurice’s book Find out more about Maurice’s work Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

153: 12 Years a Slave with Professor Greg Jackson

Today we’ll learn about the historical accuracy of the movie 12 Years a Slave with Professor Greg Jackson from the History That Doesn’t Suck podcast. Subscribe to Greg’s podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our links on this page. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next […]

150: Downton Abbey with Lady Carnarvon

Downton Abbey was filmed at Highclere Castle, which is Lady Carnarvon’s home. On this episode of the Based on a True Story podcast, she’ll join us to talk about the historical accuracy of the Downton Abbey movie and TV series. Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle Lady Catherine, […]

148: 1917 with Doran Cart

Doran Cart is Senior Curator at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. He joins us today to talk about the historical accuracy of the hit blockbuster movie 1917. Learn more about the National World War I Memorial and Museum Plan your visit Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story […]

139: Turn: Washington’s Spies with Michael Troy

In a first for Based on a True Story, today we’ll chat about the TV series Turn: Washington Spies. Joining me to dive behind the history of the popular AMC show is Michael Troy from the American Revolution podcast. Subscribe to American Revolution Podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn […]

138: Mary Queen of Scots

The story of Mary Stuart and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I is one that’s been told many times over. We’ve looked at the story from Elizabeth’s side when we looked at the two Elizabeth movies a little while back. Today, we’ll look at the story from a different perspective as told in the 2018 movie called Mary Queen of […]

137: Cleopatra with Dr. Zahi Hawass

Today I’m honored to be joined by the renowned Dr. Zahi Hawass to learn more about how much of the 1963 classic film Cleopatra was historically accurate. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt Visit Dr. Hawass’ website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our […]