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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.

Based on a True Story Dan LeFebvre

    • TV & Film
    • 4.5 • 374 Ratings

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.

    1492: Conquest of Paradise with Patrick Wyman

    1492: Conquest of Paradise with Patrick Wyman

    Patrick Wyman is a historian, host of the Tides of History podcast and author of The Verge. He joins us today to dive into the historical accuracy of Ridley Scott's 1992 movie 1492.
     
    Want to learn more?
    Get Patrick's book, The Verge: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781538701188
    Listen to Patrick's podcast, Tides of History: https://wondery.com/shows/tides-of-history/
     
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    • 55 min
    J. Edgar with Paul Letersky

    J. Edgar with Paul Letersky

    The 2011 biopic from Clint Eastwood offers a look into the life of J. Edgar Hoover. Today we'll be talking to author and former FBI agent Paul Letersky, who was Hoover's assistant in the FBI.
     
    Want to learn more?
    Get Paul's book The Director: My Years Assisting J. Edgar Hoover
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781982164706
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Band of Brothers Part 3 with Marty Morgan

    Band of Brothers Part 3 with Marty Morgan

    We're wrapping our series on Band of Brothers today as we look as the last three episodes of the HBO miniseries.
    Episodes we're covering today:
    8. The Last Patrol
    9. Why We Fight
    10. Points
     
    Want to learn more?
    Find Marty's work:
    D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy Watch What on Earth? Find Strange Evidence on TV 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/184/
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    • 2 hr 16 min
    Band of Brothers Part 2 with Marty Morgan

    Band of Brothers Part 2 with Marty Morgan

    Today we're continuing our look at the historical accuracy of Band of Brothers as we cover episodes six and seven while Easy Company is in Bastogne. We'll wrap up the series in our next episode of Based on a True Story.
    Episodes we're covering today:
    6. Bastogne
    7. The Breaking Point
     
    Want to learn more?
    Find Marty's work:
    D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy Watch What on Earth? Find Strange Evidence on TV 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/183/
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    • 2 hr 55 min
    Band of Brothers Part 1 with Marty Morgan

    Band of Brothers Part 1 with Marty Morgan

    June 6th, 2021 is the 77th anniversary of D-Day. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. So, today we'll kick off a 3-part miniseries of our own where we cover Band of Brothers with World War II historian and author Marty Morgan.
    Episodes we're covering today:
    1. Currahee
    2. Day of Days
    3. Carentan
    4. Replacements
    5. Crossroads
    Want to learn more?
    Find Marty's work:
    D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion Down to Earth: The 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Normandy Watch What on Earth? Find Strange Evidence on TV 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/182/
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    • 2 hr 13 min
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World with Gordon Laco

    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 fiction is Gordon Laco, who was the Lead Technical Advisor and Historical Consultant for the movie.
    Want to learn more?
    Learn more about Gordon's work as a historical consultant to film and television at gordonlaco.com
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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
374 Ratings

374 Ratings

Myssraven ,

Great, but what about the women?

This is a great show for people who love history and movies. I gave it 4 stars because all these movies seem to only be about men.

FineInFL ,

Base on true story

Great information and very entertaining.
Pronunciation of names could use some work.

Kev1580 ,

Good info, interesting but...

Good info, interesting but wowzers the mispronunciations.

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