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We've all seen the movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how historically accurate they are? That's what we'll aim to find out as we compare Hollywood with history.
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Midway with Craig Symonds

Midway with Craig Symonds

2020-05-2501:12:54

Craig Symonds is the Earnest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College as well as Professor Emeritus of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also has a great book called The Battle of Midway that dives into the true history behind the battle. He joins us today to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2019 movie Midway. Get your copy of Craig's book here:https://www.amazon.com/Battle-Midway-Craig-L-Symonds/dp/1480528390 Get the audiobook version: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Battle-of-Midway-Pivotal-Moments-in-American-History-Audiobook/B0084F1TYE     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
Alexander with Ryan Stitt

Alexander with Ryan Stitt

2020-05-1101:30:09

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 Ryan's podcast: http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
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: http://maritimehistorypodcast.com/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
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 your copy of Maurice's new book: https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/maurice-samuels/the-betrayal-of-the-duchess/9781541645462/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
Author Matthew Polly joins the Based on a True Story podcast to separate fact from the fiction we saw in 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Matthew's book called Bruce Lee: A Life is considered the authoritative biography on the film legend and martial artist. Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Lee-Life-Matthew-Polly/dp/1501187627 Find Matthew's other books here: https://mattpolly.com/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
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 here: https://www.historythatdoesntsuck.com/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
UFO expert Rob Kristoffersen joins Based on a True Story to discuss the historical accuracy of the History Channel's TV show Project Blue Book. Subscribe to Rob's Our Strange Skies podcast: https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
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. Michael is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography David Crockett: The Lion of the West. Get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/David-Crockett-Lion-Michael-Wallis/dp/0393342271/ Find Michael's other books here: http://www.michaelwallis.com/     Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
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. Get Lady Carnarvon's books at https://www.ladycarnarvon.com/category/stories-books/   Support Based on a True Story and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
There are many versions of Robin Hood's story that have been on the big screen. Today we'll chat with historian Dr. Sean McGlynn about the 1991 classic Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.   Get Dr. McGlynn's book, Robin Hood: A True Legend on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Robin-Hood-Legend-Sean-McGlynn-ebook/dp/B07KKJRKSW   Also mentioned in the episode is another of his books: Blood Cries Afar: The Magna Carta War and the Invasion of England 1215-1217  https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Cries-Afar-Invasion-1215-1217-ebook/dp/B01HFL0IZ8     Support Based on a True Story at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
1917 with Doran Cart

1917 with Doran Cart

2020-01-1657:02

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.   Want to learn more? Visit the National WWI Museum and Memorial online: https://www.theworldwar.org/ Or better yet, take a trip to visit the museum in person: https://www.theworldwar.org/visit/plan-your-visit   Did you enjoy this episode? Support Based on a True Story and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
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.   Want to learn more? Subscribe to the Bletchley Park podcast: https://audioboom.com/channel/bletchley-park Or better yet, plan your visit to the home of the codebreakers during World War II: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/
How much do you know about Billy the Kid? On the popular Infamous America podcast, Chris Wimmer has dug deep into the life of one of most famous outlaws in the Old West. He joins us today to separate fact from the fiction we saw in the 1988 movie about Billy the Kid, Young Guns.   Want more? Subscribe to Infamous America and listen to a full season of episodes telling the true story of Billy the Kid: https://blackbarrelmedia.com/infamous-america/
As the Christmas season approaches, let's take a step back from the hustle and bustle to learn about the history and festivities over the millennia that have resulted in the holiday traditions we're familiar with today. Pick up your own copy of Heather's book, The History of Christmas: https://www.amazon.com/History-Christmas-Years-Faith-Festivity/dp/152710334X/ Follow Heather's work: https://www.heatherwinslowlefebvre.com/  
First Man

First Man

2019-11-2058:02

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.   Find the links mentioned in this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/144-first-man/ Help keep Based on a True Story going for another episode and get rewarded with hours and hours of bonus content on the Producer's Feed. Learn more at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
The Crucible

The Crucible

2019-11-0401:18:56

The story of the Salem witch trials was brought to the world's spotlight thanks to Arthur Miller's play The Crucible. Today, we'll look at the historical accuracy of the 1996 movie based on that play.   Find the links mentioned in this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/146-the-crucible/ Help keep Based on a True Story going for another episode and get rewarded with hours and hours of bonus content on the Producer's Feed. Learn more at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
Tombstone with Chris Wimmer

Tombstone with Chris Wimmer

2019-10-2601:01:54

Today (October 26th) is the anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Chris Wimmer is the Host and Producer of the Legends of the Old West podcast. He joins us today to separate fact from the fiction of the events surrounding and during the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as it was depicted in the classic film Tombstone.   Find links to subscribe to the Legends of the Old West podcast at: https://www.blackbarrelmedia.com/legends-of-the-old-west-podcast     Find the links mentioned in this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/142-tombstone-with-chris-wimmer/ Support Based on a True Story and get exclusive bonus content: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
Tolkien with John Garth

Tolkien with John Garth

2019-10-0401:02:38

Historian and Tolkien scholar John Garth breaks down the historical accuracy of the 2019 biopic about the life of J.R.R. Tolkien simply called Tolkien.   Follow John's work and get his books at http://johngarth.co.uk   Get the award-winning Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tolkien-Great-War-Threshold-Middle-earth/dp/0618574816   Find the links mentioned in this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/141-tolkien-with-john-garth/ Support Based on a True Story and get exclusive bonus content: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
The story behind 2018's Tag seems almost too ridiculous to be true. What better way to separate fact from fiction than by chatting with some of the real guys that the movie is based on? That's exactly what we'll do today.   Find the links mentioned in this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/140-tag-with-tag-brothers-patrick-and-joe/   Support Based on a True Story and get exclusive bonus content: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
In a first for Based on a True Story, today we'll chat about the TV series Turn: Washington Spies. Joining me to dive behind the history of the popular AMC show is Michael Troy from the American Revolutions podcast.   Subscribe to Michael's podcast at: https://pod.amrevpodcast.com/     Support Based on a True Story and get bonus content at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
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Comments (19)

Chloe Watson

His name is pronounced Cash-shush...not Cass-see-us!

May 6th
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Lynn Flynn

OUTSTANDING! So much information I never knew.

May 2nd
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joanna caston

Omg! It's pronounced Cann! Cannes on France... Seriously???

Feb 14th
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Julya Parr

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Dec 5th
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Wade Fromthawell

that would be cool to hear an episode about the movie Only the Brave

Aug 10th
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Tim Mitchell

82d Division, ALL-AMERICANS

Jun 19th
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Tim Mitchell

2/14th, 10th mountain Div. were there 3 Oct.

May 24th
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Steve

- Bastogne is in Belgium not in Germany 😉 You make it sound like it's in Germany on the border with Belgium. It's in fact several kilometres away from the border with Germany.

Apr 4th
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Shay-La Gooding

Thanks I've totally just enabled on my Alexa

Apr 1st
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stewpidassol

love this podcast! I love "true story" movies and always wondered how much was true....now I know, lol. thanks for doing this podcast and keep it up!

Dec 21st
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