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.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco
Tuesday 11 May 2021
: Today we'll learn about the historical accuracy of 2003's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. Helping us separate fact from...
The Last Samurai with Dr. Brian Dirck
Wednesday 14 April 2021
: In 2003's The Last Samurai we learn the story of Captain Nathan Algren, an American soldier who travels to Japan to train the early Imperial...
The Passion of The Christ with Dr. David Chapman
Friday 02 April 2021
: In Christianity, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Today we're going to learn about the depiction of that event on...
The Highwaymen with John Neal Phillips
Wednesday 17 March 2021
: On this episode of Based on a True Story, we'll learn from the research consultant on The Highwaymen about the historical accuracy of the...
The Duellists with Alexander Mikaberidze
Friday 05 March 2021
: 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...
Greyhound with Gordon Laco
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: 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...
The Conspirator with Dr. Brian Dirck
Friday 05 February 2021
: 2010's The Conspirator tells the story of Mary Surratt and her alleged involvement in Lincoln's assassination. Dr. Brian Dirck joins us...
Waterloo with Alexander Mikaberidze
Tuesday 12 January 2021
: Today we'll learn about the classic 1970 film Waterloo and its depiction of Napoleon's final defeat. Joining us to discuss the historical...
Donnie Brasco with Joe Pistone and Leo Rossi
Monday 04 January 2021
: 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...
The Alamo with Stephen L. Hardin
Friday 18 December 2020
: 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,...
Wake Island with Gregory J. W. Urwin
Monday 07 December 2020
: Wake Island was attacked on the same day as Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 (December 8th on Wake Island across the International Date...
Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck
Wednesday 18 November 2020
: 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,...
Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin
Thursday 05 November 2020
: 1989's Glory is currently the most requested movie to cover. Gregory J. W. Urwin is an author, military historian and Professor at Temple...
Project Blue Book Season 2 with Rob Kristoffersen
Wednesday 21 October 2020
: 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...
Selma with Dr. Clayborne Carson
Tuesday 06 October 2020
: Dr. Clayborne Carson is the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History at Stanford University and the founding director of the...
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer
Thursday 24 September 2020
: 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...
Stonewall with Eric Marcus
Tuesday 08 September 2020
: 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...
Windtalkers with Judith Avila
Thursday 27 August 2020
: The 2002 John Woo movie 'Windtalkers' tells the story of a Navajo code talker during World War II. Is the film historically accurate? Judith...
Patton with Furman Daniel
Wednesday 12 August 2020
: 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?...
Thursday 30 July 2020
: Our story today covers the capture of the notorious Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann. The operation to hunt him down and bring him to justice...
Just Mercy with Erica Kelley
Tuesday 14 July 2020
: 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...
Gettysburg with Jim Hessler and Eric Lindblade
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: 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...
Saving Private Ryan with Marty Morgan
Saturday 06 June 2020
: 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...
Midway with Craig Symonds
Monday 25 May 2020
: 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...
Alexander with Ryan Stitt
Monday 11 May 2020
: 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...