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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 find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

Based on a True Story Dan LeFebvre

    • History
    • 4.5 • 422 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 find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

    Monty Python's Life of Brian with Adele Reinhartz

    Monty Python's Life of Brian with Adele Reinhartz

    Not all movies try to be historically accurate, and yet they still depict moments in history. To help us extract history from the satirical comedy, we’ll be chatting with professor, scholar, and author of Jesus of Hollywood and Bible and Cinema, Adele Reinhartz.

    Learn more about the true story
    Get Adele's books:


    Jesus of Hollywood: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780195383386



    Bible and Cinema: https://www.routledge.com/Bible-and-Cinema-An-Introduction/Reinhartz/p/book/9780367250225



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    • 47 min
    Dunkirk with Joshua Levine

    Dunkirk with Joshua Levine

    Operation Dynamo, also known as the Miracle at Dunkirk, was an event that many believe kept Britain in World War II before the United States even joined the fight as it took place between May 26 - June 4, 1940. Today we'll be chatting with Joshua Levine, who was the historical consultant on the 2017 movie from director Christopher Nolan that depicts the event.

    Learn more about the true story
    Get Joshua's book Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780062740304
    Find all of Joshua's work: http://www.joshualevine.co.uk/

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Conquerer with Ryan Uytdewilligen

    The Conquerer with Ryan Uytdewilligen

    Today we'll be talking about the 1956 movie The Conqueror with author Ryan Uytdewilligen.

    Learn more about the true story
    Get Ryan's book, Killing John Wayne: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781493058471
    Find all of Ryan's work: https://ryanuytdewilligenauthor.com/

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    • 58 min
    'Doc' Durant in Hell on Wheels with Sheila Myers

    'Doc' Durant in Hell on Wheels with Sheila Myers

    We're joined by author Sheila Myers to learn about the real character of Thomas 'Doc' Durant in AMC's Hell on Wheels.

    Want to hear more stories of the Durant family?
    Start the Durant Family Saga with the first book:
    Imaginary Brightness: a Durant Family Saga - A Novel: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781506181325
    Or pick up Sheila's new book The Truth of Who You Are: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781684339341
    Find all of Sheila's books: https://www.sheilamyers.com/

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Tesla with Richard Munson

    Tesla with Richard Munson

    Author Richard Munson joins the podcast to discuss the historical accuracy of the 2020 movie 'Tesla.'
    Dig deeper into the true story
    Pick up Richard's book called Tesla: Inventor of the Modern https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780393358049
    Find more of Richard's work: https://www.richardmunson.com/
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Worth with Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros

    Worth with Kenneth Feinberg and Camille Biros

    The 2020 movie Worth shows how Kenneth Feinberg (played by Michael Keaton) and Camille Biros (played by Amy Ryan) tackled the impossible task of determining the worth of life to help families affected by the September 11th attacks. Kenneth and Camille join us today to chat about what the movie got right, what it got wrong and a peek into the true story.
    Dig deeper into the true story
    Read Kenneth's book that the movie was based on called What Is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11
    Get it here: https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781586484514
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
422 Ratings

422 Ratings

screamin Steven 67 ,

Awesome show! Sound quality dicey….

Great show, lots of info. All the guests seem very knowledgeable about their subjects, and are quite entertaining. My issue is it sounds like some of these guests are recording their responses in a phone booth circa 1989.

brianjets ,

Love it

Very interesting, great interviews.

ictlifer ,

Very interesting retelling of familiar stories...

Titanic comparison was down very well. I was quite impressed with his story and timelines. However, learn to pronounce names correctly please. Zodiac - Melvin Belli pronounced as Belly? Come on. Good show. Enjoyable, informative and takes you into the story “feel” quite well.

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