191: The Pacific Part 2 with Marty Morgan

The true story behind The Pacific (Part 2)

We’re continuing our look at the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the three episodes that cover Peleliu. Episodes we’re covering today: 5. Peleliu Landing6. Peleliu Airfield7. Peleliu Hills Haven’t heard part 1? Listen here Order Call of Duty: Vanguard Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Get Marty’s book […]

190: The Pacific Part 1 with Marty Morgan

The true story behind The Pacific (Part 1)

Today we’re kicking off a three-part series on the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the first four episodes. Episodes we’re covering today: 1. Guadalcanal/Leckie2. Basilone3. Melbourne4. Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika Listen to Part 2 Order Call of Duty: Vanguard Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Get Marty’s book Down to Earth: […]

188: Lafayette with Mike Duncan

The true story of Lafayette

Most people have heard of Lafayette, but the Marquis de Lafayette is a historical figure who has been largely left out of the cultural spotlight. So, instead of looking at a single movie about him we’ll instead span a few different depictions of Lafayette with podcaster, historian and author Mike Duncan. Get Mike’s book Disclaimer: […]

184: Band of Brothers Part 3 with Marty Morgan

We’re wrapping our series on Band of Brothers today as we look as the last three episodes of the HBO miniseries. Episodes we’re covering today: 8. The Last Patrol9. Why We Fight10. Points Listen to Part 1 Listen to Part 2 Watch What on Earth? Watch Strange Evidence Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History […]

183: Band of Brothers Part 2 with Marty Morgan

Today we’re continuing our look at the historical accuracy of Band of Brothers as we cover episodes six and seven while Easy Company is in Bastogne. We’ll wrap up the series in our next episode of Based on a True Story. Episodes we’re covering today: 6. Bastogne7. The Breaking Point Listen to Part 1 Listen […]

182: Band of Brothers Part 1 with Marty Morgan

June 6th, 2021 is the 77th anniversary of D-Day. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. So, today we’ll kick off a 3-part miniseries of our own where we cover Band of Brothers with World War II historian and author Marty Morgan. Episodes we’re covering today: 1. Currahee2. Day of Days3. […]

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 […]

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

The true story of The Passion of The Christ

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 […]

178: The Highwaymen with John Neal Phillips

On this episode of Based on a True Story, we’ll learn from the research consultant on The Highwaymen about the historical accuracy of the film. John Neal Phillips is a historian and author of Running With Bonnie and Clyde: The Fast Yen Years of Ralph Fults and editor of Blanche Barrow’s memoir, My Life with […]

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 […]