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A League of Their Own
May 30th, 1943 was opening day for a new league. Did women really replace the men in baseball during World War II? This week on the podcast we'll learn more about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as we compare history with A League of Their Own. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/55-a-league-of-their-own/
Cadillac Records
In a special listener request, we'll cover Cadillac Records and learn the true story behind the history of blues in Chicago. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/53-cadillac-records/
Men of Honor
Carl Brashear was the first to do many things. This week we'll compare history with Cuba Gooding Jr and Robert DeNiro's film Men of Honor. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/54-men-of-honor/
Schindler's List
It was one of the darkest hours in the world and amidst the horrors, Oskar Schindler managed to help save many lives from certain death. This week we'll find out how much of it was actually true as we compare history with Schindler's List. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/58-schindlers-list/
Behind the True Story of Bitter Harvest
In a first for Based on a True Story, we'll get an exclusive peek behind the true story of Bitter Harvest from the film's writer, Richard Bachynsky-Hoover. See some behind the scenes images and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/57-behind-the-true-story-of-bitter-harvest/
The Experiment
Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker put on a great performance in The Experiment in a story that's based on what most consider the most controversial psychology experiment in modern history. Was it proof that evil conquers good? Or was it just an example of a single experiment gone wrong? You decide... Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/56-the-experiment/
Das Boot
Even today, Das Boot is seen as one of the defining films to showcase what World War II was like for German submariners. But was it true? That's what we'll aim to find out in this episode.   Learn more about the true story, read the transcript and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/80-das-boot/ This episode was recommended by Frank from Way Off Topic Radio. Find his show at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/way-off-topic-radio/id1092861844?mt=2
Catch Me If You Can
In 2002, Steven Spielberg started filming the life of Frank Abagnale. Fortunately it only took about four months of filming for Spielberg to get the shots he needed. On Christmas Day of 2002, Spielberg's DreamWorks released Catch Me If You Can. The movie, which was directed by Spielberg himself, starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale along with other Hollywood stars such as Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken and Martin Sheen.   The film was a box office hit as it raked in over $160 million dollars.   Frank Abagnale himself gave the film that was based on his life story some high praise -- but he was quick to point out there were plenty of inaccuracies. According to Frank, "it's important to understand that it is just a movie…not a biographical documentary."   So who was Frank Abagnale? And what is the true story of one of the world's most prolific con artists?   Transcript, music credits and full show notes are here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/08-catch-me-if-you-can
The Finest Hours
In a retelling of one of the greatest moments in U.S. Coast Guard's history, The Finest Hours is a feel-good movie of true heroism. When sitting down to write the film, screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson had the chance to do something not everyone does: interview the actual people who lived the story. Since they had the chance to talk to the survivors, does that mean the story was historically accurate? Let's find out as we learn about the true story of The Finest Hours. Links from this episode: Full show notes and music credits on the Based on a True Story website Join the Based on a True Story Facebook page Support the show at Patreon Let me know what you think of the show on Twitter
The Social Network
The Social Network tells the story behind one of the world's most popular websites, Facebook. It's got everything that makes for a great story--there's greed, corruption, lawsuits and Justin Timberlake. But how true is the depiction of the site's early days? Let's find out.   Music credits and more episode details here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/13-the-social-network   Support the show here: https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast  
LBJ
Last episode we learned about Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK. This week we'll learn about the 2016 film LBJ that covers President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the man who became President the moment John F. Kennedy was assassinated.   Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/127-lbj/   Get access to the Producer's Feed at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
JFK
To say Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK caused a lot of controversy is an understatement. With all the conspiracies circling the assassination of President Kennedy, let's take some time to compare JFK to history.   Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/126-jfk/   Get access to the Producer's Feed at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/  
Minisode: Aladdin
As a special treat, you'll get access to one of the minisodes that are normally exclusive to Based on a True Story patrons on the weeks between regular episodes. Listen in and you'll get the explanation for how minisodes are different from regular episodes. The episode's duration isn't the key factor. The story we're looking at today is all about the real Aladdin. Brought to life in Disney's animated classic, the folktales that Aladdin came from includes some details that may sound familiar and many details that might surprise you. If you want to continue getting access to the Producer's Feed for even more minisodes and bonus content, check out https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/   Questions about what this is all about? Email me at dan@basedonatruestorypodcast.com  
Empire of the Sun
Author J.G. Ballard wrote the novel Empire of the Sun based on his own childhood. That's the first level of creative difference between truth and fiction. By the time it was adapted for the big screen, there were bound to be some things that were changed. So, what really happened? Let's find out.   Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/114-empire-of-the-sun/
Sergeant York
Learn more about World War I Medal of Honor recipient who was the subject of the 1941 Gary Cooper film simply called Sergeant York. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/107-sergeant-york/
Ip Man
If you're a fan of Kung Fu movies, Ip Man is one you've already seen. If you think everything you saw on the screen actually happened, you might be surprised with the true story.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/71-ip-man/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/   Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast  
Enemy at the Gates
Get a look at a different angle of World War II as we compare the 2001 film Enemy at the Gates with history.   Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/72-enemy-at-the-gates/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast  
King Arthur
To celebrate the show's anniversary and episode 100, we'll be looking at a story that's special to me...that of King Arthur. We can't hope to cover everything about Arthur that's been written for thousands of years in a single episode, but we'll try to get a good primer about the story as we saw in 2004's King Arthur. Find books, articles and more resources for this episode over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/100-king-arthur/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
The Crucible
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/ Help keep Based on a True Story going for another episode and get rewarded with hours and hours of bonus content on the Producer's Feed. Learn more at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
Hidalgo
In his first movie after Lord of the Rings, Viggo Mortensen portrays Frank T. Hopkins as he rides on his horse, Hidalgo, in The Ocean of Fire long-distance race. How much of the movie really happened? Let's find out...   Get more resources and learn more about this story at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/118-hidalgo/
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
On episode 106, we learned about the movie Elizabeth. That's the first of two movies in a series, so we're heading back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I as we complete the second part in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/112-elizabeth-the-golden-age/
Elizabeth
Producer Melissa requested we cover the movie Elizabeth, so pack your bags and travel back in time to the days just after King Henry VIII as we compare the movie with history. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/106-elizabeth/
Genius
2016's Genius tells the story of book editor Max Perkins and the authors he discovered, including Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/65-genius/   Check out the new Based on a True Story merch for your own t-shirt, mug and more at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/merch/ Want to support the show? Consider becoming a patron at https://www.patreon.com/basedonatruestorypodcast
Pirates of Silicon Valley
Mac vs PC. It's a flame war that's fueled by people on both sides who love to hate the other side. How did it all start? We'll find out as we dig into the true story behind Pirates of Silicon Valley. Find books, articles and more resources for this episode over at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/98-pirates-of-silicon-valley/ Unlock bonus episodes here: http://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/support/
The Untouchables
Special guest Cody Wheat from the Shots of History podcast joins me this week as we compare history with The Untouchables. Get the transcript and full show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/52-the-untouchables/
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 2nd, 2016
Latest Episode
Dec 1st, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
147
Avg. Episode Length
44 minutes
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