Based on a True Story

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This is the story of the 1919 Black Sox scandal that rocked the world of Major League Baseball.   Find the show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/132-eight-men-out/      Enjoy this week's episode? Based on a True Story is 100% list…
It's been called a rags to riches story, and an inspiration to millions. But how much of 2003's Seabiscuit actually happened? Let's find out! Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/131-seabiscuit/   Enjoy this week's episo…
Sometimes, Hollywood exaggerates nature's fury on screen. Today, we'll learn about one of the stories that reminds us how scary it can really be. Find more resources at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/130-the-perfect-storm/   Get access t…
Two years ago, we covered The Fellowship of the Ring as an April Fools Day surprise. Last year, it was a little less of a surprise when we continued the story with The Two Towers. This year, the trilogy will come to an end with the epic conclusion…
Today we'll learn about Malcolm X, the man whose childhood saw his family get attacked by the KKK to an adulthood where he turned to robbery and drugs before growing into a civil rights activist and minister speaking out against racism in the Unite…
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 a…
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.ba…
Rami Malek stars in the blockbuster film about Freddie Mercury's life. Since it's release, there have been many reviews who have dinged the film for its historical accuracy. Are they right? Let's compare history with Bohemian Rhapsody!   Find resou…
Going from Major League Baseball player to spy isn't your average change in jobs. But then, Moe Berg wasn't your average baseball player. Let's dig into Moe's life as we compare The Catcher Was a Spy with history.   Learn even more with the resourc…
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 …
A couple years ago, we covered The Greatest Showman as a pre-release episode. In other words, the podcast episode came out before the movie did. In that episode, we learned about the life of P.T. Barnum. In this episode, we're going back to Barnum'…
President Nixon's resignation in 1974 was the first time for a U.S. president. That same year, Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein released their book that went into detail how they broke the Watergate scandal wide open with a…
Last week on the podcast, we learned all about the life of Charles Dickens as it was told in the movie The Man Who Invented Christmas. While that’s not a requirement before listening to this episode, it’ll help you get a little more of a behind the…
It's time to get in the Christmas spirit! The subject of our episode today is the 2017 movie about Charles Dickens and his writing of A Christmas Carol. Did Charles invent Christmas? Let's find out... Find the sources for this episode and plenty mo…
The 2004 film Finding Neverland stars Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. How much of the movie was true and how much was changed? Let's find out... Find sources, resources, and more to dive deeper into the true story over at http…
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 lear…
Called the Scottish Robin Hood, Rob Roy's story has been the subject of books and movies. Today, one of the most popular renditions of that is the 1995 film starring Liam Neeson. I'm joined by Moxie LaBouche on this episode to learn more about the …
After inventing the lie detector test, William Moulton Marston came up with the character of Wonder Woman. His inspiration was his wife Elizabeth, and his significant other, Olive. Learn more about their story as we compare history with the movie P…
Today marks the 51st anniversary of revolutionary Che Guevara's capture that led to his death. How much do you know of his story? Let's find out as we compare 1969's Che! with history.   Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://w…
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 c…
The world changed on Tuesday, September 11th, 2001. Today, we'll honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day as we look at the historical accuracy of the movie United 93. Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www…
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 m…
When three girls are taken from their homes, they risk their lives to find the rabbit-proof fence in Australia and walk home over a thousand miles away. Learn more about this story with more resources at: https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/1…
Dive into the world of the supernatural as I'm joined by UFO expert Rob Kristoffersen to chat about Whitley Strieber's experience that we saw in the movie Communion.   Show notes at https://www.basedonatruestorypodcast.com/110-communion-with-rob-kr…
How much do you know about the story behind Winnie the Pooh? Let's dive into the beloved children's stories as we compare history with the movie Goodbye Christopher Robin. Check out more resources for this episode at https://www.basedonatruestoryp…
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Podcast Details
Started
Apr 2nd, 2016
Latest Episode
May 6th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
134
Avg. Episode Length
43 minutes

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