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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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We're going back to 1977 and Ridley Scott's feature film directorial debut, The Duellists. The movie tells the tale of two soldiers in Napoleon's army who duel with each other for over a decade. Historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze, returns to help us separate fact from fiction in the movie. Want to learn more about the Napoleonic era? Get one (or more) of Alexander's great books: The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780199951062 The Battle of the Berezina: Napoleon's Great Escape  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781844159208 The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781848844049 Russian Eyewitnesses of the Campaign of 1807  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781848327627 The Russian Officer Corps of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: 1792-1815 https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781932714029 Find more of Alexander's books at https://bookshop.org/contributors/alexander-mikaberidze   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/177/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Greyhound with Gordon Laco

Greyhound with Gordon Laco

2021-02-1701:18:30

Released in 2020, Greyhound was written by Tom Hanks, who also starred in the lead role. The movie was based on a novel by C.S. Forester called The Good Shepherd. Today, we'll be joined by the Naval Consultant on the film, Gordon Laco, to discuss its historical accuracy. Want to learn more? Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/176/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
2010's The Conspirator tells the story of Mary Surratt and her alleged involvement in Lincoln's assassination. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us again to separate fact from fiction in the film. Dr. Dirck 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 Lawyer. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809337026 Lincoln and the Constitution https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Constitution-Concise-Library/dp/0809331179 Lincoln the Lawyer https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Lawyer-Brian-R-Dirck-dp-0252031814/dp/0252031814/   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/175/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Today we'll learn about the classic 1970 film Waterloo and its depiction of Napoleon's final defeat. Joining us to discuss the historical accuracy of Waterloo is historian and professor at Louisiana State University, Alexander Mikaberidze. Alexander has also written numerous books on the Napoleonic era, including his latest which is called The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History. Want to learn more about the Napoleonic era? Get one (or more) of Alexander's great books: The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780199951062 The Battle of the Berezina: Napoleon's Great Escape  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781844159208 The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781848844049 Russian Eyewitnesses of the Campaign of 1807  https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781848327627 The Russian Officer Corps of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: 1792-1815 https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781932714029 Find more of Alexander's books at https://bookshop.org/contributors/alexander-mikaberidze   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/174/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
In the movie Donnie Brasco we see the story of an FBI agent who goes into deep cover infiltrating the New York mafia families. The truth is Donnie Brasco was the under cover name for Joe Pistone. He joins us today along with actor and Joe's co-host on the Deep Cover Podcast, Leo Rossi. Want to learn more about the real story? Listen to Joe and Leo's podcast, Deep Cover Podcast, at https://www.deepcoverpodcast.com/   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/173/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
How much of 2014'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 as well. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: Lust for Glory: An Epic Story of Early Texasand the Sacrifice That Defined a Nation https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781933337753 Texian Iliad: A Military History of the Texas Revolution, 1835-1836 https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780292731028 Texian Macabre: A Melancholy Tale of a Hanging in Early Houston https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781933337562 Houston Displayed, or, Who Won the Battle of San Jacinto? https://secure.touchnet.net/C21403_ustores/web/store_cat.jsp?STOREID=19&CATID=22&SINGLESTORE=true Find more of Stephen's work on his website https://stephenlhardin.com/   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/172/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Wake Island was attacked on the same day as Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (December 8th on Wake Island across the International Date Line). A few months later, on August 11th, 1942, Paramount Pictures released the war propaganda film Wake Island. To help us separate fact from fiction in the movie, we’ll be chatting with Professor Gregory J. W. Urwin from Temple University. Gregory is a military historian who has written two fantastic books about Wake, including Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island, which is a book that many consider to be the definitive account of the battle. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: Facing Fearful Odds: The Siege of Wake Island https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780803295629 Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941-1945 https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781591148999   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/171/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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 Lawyer. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809337026 Lincoln and the Constitution https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Constitution-Concise-Library/dp/0809331179 Lincoln the Lawyer https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Lawyer-Brian-R-Dirck-dp-0252031814/dp/0252031814/ Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/170/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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. Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started: A Brave Black Regiment by Louis F. Emilio with an introduction by Gregory J. W. Urwin https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780306806230 Black Flag Over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War, Edited by Gregory J. W. Urwin https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809326785 Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, edited by Russell Duncan https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780820321745 A Voice of Thunder: A Black Soldier's Civil War, edited by Donald Yacovone https://www.amazon.com/Voice-Thunder-BLACK-SOLDIERS-Blacks/dp/0252067908 On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front, edited by Virginia Adams https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781558492028 Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/169/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Back on episode #152 of Based on a True Story, we covered season 1 of the History Channel's Project Blue Book. Today, Rob Kristoffersen comes back on the podcast to talk about the events we saw in season 2. Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/168/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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.    Want to learn more? World House Podcast: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/world-house-podcast Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr edited by Clayborne Carson: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780446676502 Find thousands of documents, photos and more at the King Institute: https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/king-resources/king-resources-overview Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/167/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Chris Wimmer is the host and producer of the extremely popular Legends of the Old West and Infamous America podcasts. He joins us today to compare history with the 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Want to learn more about Jesse James? Listen to an entire season of Legends of the Old West that dives deep into Jesse James: https://blackbarrelmedia.com/legends-of-the-old-west/   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/166/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Stonewall with Eric Marcus

Stonewall with Eric Marcus

2020-09-0801:01:38

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.   Want to learn more? Eric provided these resources for you to learn more about the true story of Stonewall. Stonewall Fact Sheet: https://stonewall50consortium.org/stonewallfactsheet.pdf Stonewall First Anniversary Pride March Fact Sheet: https://stonewall50consortium.org/pridemarchfactsheet.pdf Making Gay History Podcast Stonewall Season: https://makinggayhistory.com/season-five/ "Stonewall: The Making of a Monument" NY Times Op-Doc: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/04/opinion/gay-pride-stonewall.html Stonewall National Monument 3-D Tour: https://cyark.org/projects/stonewall-national-monument/Guided-Tour/snm-en Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter (the definitive book on the Stonewall uprising): https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780312671938 “The Stonewall You Know is a Myth”: https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000006322550/stonewall-lgbt-pride-anniversary.html   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/165/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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 Want to learn more about the real code talkers? Get her book at your local indie bookstore here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780425247853   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/164/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Patton with Furman Daniel

Patton with Furman Daniel

2020-08-1201:16:58

Author Furman Daniel joins us today to separate fact from fiction in the classic World War II film Patton. Want to learn more about Patton? Buy Furman's latest book Patton: Battling with History at your local bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780826222091   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/163/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Operation Finale

Operation Finale

2020-07-3053:08

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.   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/162/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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. Want to learn more about the real story? Listen to Erica's episode on the murder of Rhonda Morrison and the framing of Walter McMillian: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/85-the-murder-of-ronda-morrison-the-framing-of-walter-mcmillian Subscribe to Erica's podcast: https://www.southernfriedtruecrime.com/   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/161/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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. Want to learn more about Gettybsurg? Subscribe to The Battle of Gettysburg Podcast: https://anchor.fm/battleofgettysburgpodcast Or follow Jim and Eric at: https://www.facebook.com/gettysburgpodcast/   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/160/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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. Want to learn more about the real history of D-Day? Get Marty's book: D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Or his other book: Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy Learn more about Marty's work on his site.   Did you enjoy this episode? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/159/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
Midway with Craig Symonds

Midway with Craig Symonds

2020-05-2501:14:55

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. Want to learn more about the real Battle of 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? You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/158/ Support our sponsors: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/advertisers Or get ad-free content and exclusive bonus content by supporting the show directly: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ Get a peek at upcoming episodes with the email newsletter.https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/newsletter/ Want a chance to be heard on the show? Leave a voicemail at +1 (405) 334-4672.
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Lynn Flynn

confusing 🤪

Jul 13th
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Lynn Flynn

OMGOSH! Could you talk any faster? 🤯

Jul 7th
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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

as

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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.

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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!

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