164: Windtalkers with Judith Avila

The 2002 John Woo movie ‘Windtalkers’ tells the story of a Navajo code talker during World War II. Is the film historically accurate? Judith Avila is the author of Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII. Get Judith’s book ‘Code Talker’ Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based […]

163: Patton with Furman Daniel

Author Furman Daniel joins us today to separate fact from fiction in the classic World War II film Patton. Furman is the author of multiple books about Patton, including his latest called Patton: Battling with History. Get Furman’s book, Patton: Battling with History 21st Century Patton: Strategic Insights for the Modern Era Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on […]

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) – […]

160: Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade

Today marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). How much of the movie’s depiction of the battle is historically accurate? I’m joined by Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade to find out. Jim and Eric are both Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guides and are the co-hosts of The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast. […]

159: Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan

June 6th, 1944. D-Day. Fast forward 76 years and on June 6th, 2020, we’ll chat with author and historian Marty Morgan to separate fact from fiction in one of the most popular movies depicting D-Day, Saving Private Ryan. Get Marty’s book D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Get Marty’s book Down to Earth: The […]

158: Midway with Craig Symonds

There are multiple movies that cover the Battle of Midway during World War II. Today, we’ll be talking about the 2019 movie directed by Roland Emmerich that stars Woody Harrison, Dennis Quaid and Nick Jonas. To help us separate fact from fiction, I’m joined by Craig Symonds. Craig is the Earnest J. King Professor of […]

157: Alexander with Ryan Stitt

Ryan Stitt is the host of The History of Ancient Greece Podcast, and he joins us today to separate fact from the fiction in the 2004 movie Alexander. Subscribe to The History of Ancient Greece Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying purchases through our links on this page. […]

155: Les Miserables with Maurice Samuels

Maurice Samuels, Author and Yale’s Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1998’s depiction of Les Miserables. Get Maurice’s book Find out more about Maurice’s work Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn commissions from qualifying […]

151: Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier with Michael Wallis

Author Michael Wallis joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in Disney’s 1955 film Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier. Get the bestselling book David Crockett: The Lion of the West Visit Michael’s website Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story may earn […]

148: 1917 with Doran Cart

Doran Cart is Senior Curator at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. He joins us today to talk about the historical accuracy of the hit blockbuster movie 1917. Learn more about the National World War I Memorial and Museum Plan your visit Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre and/or Based on a True Story […]

147: The Imitation Game with Mark Cotton

Mark is the producer of the official Bletchley Park podcast. He joins us today to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2014 film The Imitation Game and do some fact checking on the original Based on a True Story episode from back in 2016. Subscribe to the official Bletchley Park podcast Visit Bletchley Park Disclaimer: Dan LeFebvre […]