156: Mutiny on the Bounty with Brandon Huebner

1962’s Mutiny on the Bounty is one of the most popular requests to cover. Today, we’ll do that with the help of Brandon Huebner, the host of The Maritime History Podcast. Subscribe to Brandon’s podcast Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our links on this page. […]

143: The Crucible

Our story today is as close to traveling through time and space as we can without a single mention of the Doctor. That’s because today we’re going to travel back in time to discuss the true story of Neil Armstrong as we saw in the movie First Man. Resources A Brief History of the Salem Witch […]

128: Malcolm X

Today we’ll learn about Malcolm X, the man whose childhood saw his family get attacked by the KKK to an adulthood where he turned to robbery and drugs before growing into a civil rights activist and minister speaking out against racism in the United States.  Resources Malcolm X (1992) – IMDb Malcolm X (1992) […]

126: JFK

Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK dives into just one conspiracy surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination. How much of it is truth may always be up in the air, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our best to shed light on the information we have.  Resources JFK (1991) – IMDb JFK (1991) – Plot Summary – IMDb […]

97: Bonnie and Clyde

The 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde was one of the films that many consider to be the starting point for the taming of violence in mainstream Hollywood. How much of it was true? Let’s find out. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Bonnie and Clyde (1967) […]

93 BONUS: From Hell and the Historical Context

This week we learned about Jack the Ripper’s brutal murders. After you listen to the regular episode over here, this bonus episode will help us get a little better historical context. You’ll get a peek into some of the research that goes into episodes as we follow each murder with articles and reports from the time […]

93: From Hell

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69: Breach

Spies and espionage between Russia and the USA. It almost seems like it could be a subject in today’s headlines, but on this week’s episode we’ll look at one of the most damaging cases of espionage inside the FBI. BONUS: Breach and the Official FBI Report Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next […]

68: Lawless with Matt Bondurant

Matt Bondurant joins us on this week’s episode as we compare what really happened with the movie Lawless. Matt’s grandfather, Jack, and two granduncles that were the inspiration for his book that the movie is based on, The Wettest County in the World. Get Matt’s book, The Wettest County in the World The Night Swimmer […]

64: A Few Good Men

Can you handle the truth? This week we’ll see how much of A Few Good Men we can compare with history. Did you enjoy this episode? Help support the next one! Buy me a coffee Resources Chat about the show on the Based on a True Story Facebook group Support the show at Patreon Let […]

56: The Experiment

Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker put on a great performance in The Experiment in a story that’s based on what most consider the most controversial psychology experiment in modern history. Was it proof that evil conquers good? Or was it just an example of a single experiment gone wrong?  Did you enjoy this episode? Help […]