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) […]

111: Rabbit-Proof Fence

Learn the amazing story of three girls who, in 1931, walked about 1,500 miles (2,400 km) along the rabbit-proof fence in Australia as they tried to find their way home. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) – IMDb Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence – […]

90: The Founder

How much of Michael Keaton’s 2016 masterpiece is true to the history of McDonald’s rise to the top of the fast-food industry? Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources The Founder (2016) – IMDb The Founder (2016) – Plot Summary – IMDb The Founder (2016) – Box […]

86: The Lost City of Z

Pack your bags! We’re headed to the Amazon today as we compare history with The Lost City of Z. BONUS: The Lost City of Z and the Mysterious Manuscript 512 BONUS: The Lost City of Z and the Fawcett Expedition Articles Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee […]

84: The Greatest Showman

Just in time for Christmas day, a new film being released tells the story of a young P.T. Barnum’s rise to riches. But who was the real P.T. Barnum and how did he really begin the “greatest show on earth”? Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources […]

83: Becoming Jane

Jane Austen’s relationship with Tom Lefroy was something we saw on screen during the 2007 film Becoming Jane. But was it real, or just a fictional story? Let’s find out. BONUS: Becoming Jane and the Mentions of Tom BONUS: Becoming Jane and the Letter from Cassandra Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next […]