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: […]

187: Harriet with Dr. Kate Clifford Larson

The true story of Harriet Tubman

Today we’ll hear from Dr. Larson, the historical consultant on the 2019 movie Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman. Get Dr. Larson’s book 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 one! […]

185: J. Edgar with Paul Letersky

The true story of J. Edgar Hoover

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 […]

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 […]

175: The Conspirator with Dr. Brian Dirck

2010’s The Conspirator tells the story of Mary Surratt and her alleged involvement in Lincoln’s assassination. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to separate fact from fiction in the film. Dr. Dirck is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln, including Lincoln and the Constitution, The Black […]

174: Waterloo with Alexander Mikaberidze

Today we’ll learn about the classic 1970 film Waterloo and its depiction of Napoleon’s final defeat. Joining us to discuss the historical accuracy of Waterloo is historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze. Alexander has also written numerous books on the Napoleonic era, including his latest which is called The Napoleonic Wars: A Global […]

172: The Alamo with Stephen L. Hardin

How much of 2004’s The Alamo really happened? To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with professor, historian and author Stephen L. Hardin. Stephen was also a historical consultant on the movie we’ll be chatting about today, so we’ll get some extra insight into the production of the film […]

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 […]