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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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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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find the transcript and show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/168/
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? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/167/
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? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/166/
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? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/165/
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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/   You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/164/
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? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/163/
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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/162/
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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/161/
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/   You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/160/   Did you enjoy this episode? Consider supporting the next episode of Based on a True Story here: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/159/
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. 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? Help keep Based on a True Story going by supporting the show and get exclusive bonus content: https://basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/ You can find all the show notes for this episode at:  https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/158/
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/
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Comments (21)

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

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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