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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

    • Film History
    • 4.5 • 301 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.

    Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck

    Lincoln with Dr. Brian Dirck

    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, who is a Professor of History at Anderson University and author of multiple books on President Lincoln, including Lincoln and the Constitution, The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death and Lincoln the Lawyer.
    Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started:
    The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809337026 Lincoln and the Constitution
    https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Constitution-Concise-Library/dp/0809331179 Lincoln the Lawyer
    https://www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Lawyer-Brian-R-Dirck-dp-0252031814/dp/0252031814/  
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    Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin

    Glory with Gregory J. W. Urwin

    1989's Glory is currently the most requested movie to cover. Gregory J. W. Urwin is an author, military historian and Professor at Temple University. He'll join us today to separate fact from fiction in Glory.
    Want to learn more about the real story? Here are some resources to get you started:
    A Brave Black Regiment by Louis F. Emilio with an introduction by Gregory J. W. Urwin
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780306806230 Black Flag Over Dixie: Racial Atrocities and Reprisals in the Civil War, Edited by Gregory J. W. Urwin
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780809326785 Blue-Eyed Child of Fortune: The Civil War Letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, edited by Russell Duncan
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9780820321745 A Voice of Thunder: A Black Soldier's Civil War, edited by Donald Yacovone
    https://www.amazon.com/Voice-Thunder-BLACK-SOLDIERS-Blacks/dp/0252067908 On the Altar of Freedom: A Black Soldier's Civil War Letters from the Front, edited by Virginia Adams
    https://bookshop.org/a/9789/9781558492028  
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Project Blue Book Season 2 with Rob Kristoffersen

    Project Blue Book Season 2 with Rob Kristoffersen

    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.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Selma with Dr. Clayborne Carson

    Selma with Dr. Clayborne Carson

    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  
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    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with Chris Wimmer

    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/
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Stonewall with Eric Marcus

    Stonewall with Eric Marcus

    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  
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301 Ratings

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Binge worthy

If you love history, movies, or both then this is the best podcast. My mom and I drove for about 30 hours in the passed couple of days and we listened to 22 episodes. I happen to love both history and movies so this is perfect. Even if I didn’t love history this would be a fun listen, it’s interesting to hear the true story behind the movies. There’s a boatload of movies that I haven’t seen that he has episodes of, now I have a must watch list. Great podcast

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....it shows.

It shows when someone cares. It shows when someone doesn’t. As far as deciphering when a person is apathetic or not it’s not rocket surgery.
Dan absolutely cares about the root objective which is making an accurate comparison of what is spewed to the masses through cinema and what is/was real when it happened.
Good job Dan. You are King Pimp of the media.

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