170: Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck

How historically accurate was 2012’s Lincoln? To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with Dr. Brian Dirck, who is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln, including Lincoln and the Constitution, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death and Lincoln the […]

169: Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin

1989’s Glory is currently the most requested movie to cover. Gregory J.W. Urwin is an author, military historian and Professor at Temple University. He’ll join us today to separate fact from fiction in Glory. A Brave Black Regiment Black Flag Over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The […]

168: Project Blue Book Season 2 with Rob Kristoffersen

Back on episode #152 of Based on a True Story, we covered season 1 of the History Channel’s Project Blue Book. Today, Rob Kristoffersen comes back on the podcast to talk about the events we saw in season 2. Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through […]

167: Selma with Dr. Clayborne Carson

Dr. Clayborne Carson is the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History at Stanford University and the founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford. He joins us today to compare history with the 2014 movie Selma.  World House Podcast Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr edited by Clayborne Carson […]

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 […]

165: Stonewall with Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is a journalist, founder and host of the Making Gay History Podcast. He joins us today to compare history with the 2015 Roland Emmerich movie Stonewall. Making Gay History Podcast Stonewall Season Stonewall Fact Sheet Stonewall First Anniversary Pride March Fact Sheet “Stonewall: The Making of a Monument” NY Times Op-Doc Stonewall National […]

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 […]

161: Just Mercy with Erica Kelley

Erica Kelley is the host of the Southern Fried True Crime podcast. She joins us today to separate fact from the fiction in the 2019 movie Just Mercy. Listen to Erica’s episode on Walter McMillan’s case Subscribe to Erica’s podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our […]

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 […]