Based on a True Story

Based on a True Story

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.... Show More

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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/

 

 

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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/

 

 

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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/

 

 

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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/

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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/

 

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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...

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January 16, 2020

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

 

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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: ht...

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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/in...

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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 Christmashttps://www.amazon.com/History-Christmas-Years-Faith-Festivity/dp/152710334X/

Follow Heather's work: https://www.heatherwinslowlefeb...

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November 20, 2019

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/

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November 4, 2019

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/

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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-...

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October 4, 2019

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

 

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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/

 

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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/

 

 

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August 1, 2019

The story of Mary Stuart and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I is one that's been told many times over. We've looked at the story from Elizabeth's side when we looked at the two Elizabeth movies a little while back. Today, we'll look at the story from a different perspective as told in the 2018 movie called Mary Queen of Scots.

 

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Today I'm honored to be joined by the renowned Dr. Zahi Hawass to learn more about how much of the 1963 classic film Cleopatra was historically accurate.

 

Find Dr. Zahi Hawass online at: http://www.drhawass.com/

Get Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt: https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Search-Last-Queen-Egypt/dp/1426205457/

 

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June 24, 2019

This isn't a normal episode of Based on a True Story. Let's take a few moments to chat about some of the changes coming to the podcast.

Questions or concerns?

Reach out to me at dan@basedonatruestorypodcast.com

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June 17, 2019

Today's episode will talk about the renowned artist Vincent van Gogh as depicted in the movie Loving Vincent.

 

Find the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/135-loving-vincent/
 

 

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