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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

162: Operation Finale

Our story today covers the capture of the notorious Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann. The operation to hunt him down and bring him to justice was depicted in the movie Operation Finale, and today we’ll find out how many of the things we saw on screen actually happened. Resources Operation Finale – Wikipedia Operation Finale (2018) – […]

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 […]

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, […]

116: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

After inventing the lie detector test, William Moulton Marston came up with the character of Wonder Woman. His inspiration was his wife Elizabeth, and his significant other, Olive. Learn more about their story as we compare history with the movie Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Resources Integrative Psychology: A Study of Unit Response – […]

113: United 93

The world changed on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. Today, we’ll honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day as we look at the historical accuracy of the movie United 93. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Office 9/11 Commission Report United 93 (2006) […]