225: King Arthur with Professor Dorsey Armstrong

Today we’re learning about the 2004 movie King Arthur starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. Professor Armstrong is a medievalist who has been published numerous times over decades for her work studying the legends of and surrounding King Arthur, and she’ll join us today to separate fact from fiction in the movie. Get King Arthur: […]

221: Spartacus with Barry Strauss

Today we’re learning about the 1960 movie Spartacus that was directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons. We’ll learn about the real history from Barry Strauss, author of The Spartacus War, an authoritative account of the true story. Get The Spartacus War Did you enjoy this episode? Help support […]

218: All Quiet on the Western Front with Dr. Christopher Warren

All Quiet on the Western Front has been adapted to the screen multiple times since World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque published his novel of the same name in 1929. Today we’ll learn about the newest adaptation that was released on Netflix on October 28, 2022. Helping us separate fact from fiction in the movie […]

217: Dahmer with Robyn Maharaj

Netflix’s Dahmer was watched for 865 million hours in the first 28 days, making it one of the most popular Netflix originals of all time. Today we’ll dive into the true story behind the series with Robyn Maharaj, who wrote the book Grilling Dahmer: The Interrogation of “the Milwaukee Cannibal” with Patrick Kennedy, the detective […]

216: Pirates of the Caribbean with Colin Woodard

Disney has released five movies in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and while they’re clearly fictional movies they pull from and have influenced our views of what the real pirates of history were like. New York Times Bestselling and Pulitzer Prize Finalist author Colin Woodard has a fantastic book called The Republic of Pirates […]

215: Being the Ricardos with Michael Karol

The 2021 Amazon Original Movie Being the Ricardos tells us the story behind the scenes of the husband/wife team behind I Love Lucy, Dezi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) and Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman). To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll learn from Michael Karol, author of the book Lucy A to Z: […]

212: Pearl Harbor with Marty Morgan

Pearl Harbor

Released in 2001, Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor is often criticized as being entirely inaccurate as it attempts to tell the story of the surprise attack on December 7th, 1941 that led to the United States entering World War II. Today we’ll be joined by historian and author Marty Morgan to take a deep dive into […]

211: The X-Files with Rob Kristoffersen

The classic TV series The X-Files is fiction, but there are some true stories and UFO cases that inspired episodes of the series. To help us learn more about them, we’ll chat with UFO researcher and host of Our Strange Skies, Rob Kristoffersen. Listen to Our Strange Skies Raechel’s Eyes episode Rob mentions Did you […]

210: Dolemite Is My Name with Mark Jason Murray

Dolemite Is My Name is the 2019 biopic about Rudy Ray Moore, the comedian, singer, actor, and film producer who has often been given the nickname the “godfather of rap.” We’ll chat with Mark Jason Murray, who was the Research Consultant on the film and author of Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself: The […]

209: W.E. with Andrew Lownie

The movie’s title W.E. stands for Wallis and Edward. Was the movie correct to suggest King Edward VIII’s reason for abdicating the throne in 1936 was so he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson? We’ll chat with author Andrew Lownie about the true story to find out more. Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of […]

208: Zero Dark Thirty with Peter Bergen

Zero Dark Thirty shows the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden. Peter Bergen is the author of The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden and he joins us today to dig into the true story behind the movie. The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden Manhunt Peter’s website Did you enjoy this episode? […]