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We've all seen movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how accurate they are? That's what we'll find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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We've all seen movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how accurate they are? That's what we'll find out as we compare Hollywood with history.

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@danlefeb

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Napoleon with Louis Sarkozy

5/21/2024
Historians weren't there, but that doesn't mean they don't know the true story about one of the most documented people in all of human history. Let's put Napoleon's new film to the test with Louis Sarkozy, historian and author of "Napoleon's Library." Join us as we dissect the movie's portrayal, separate fact from fiction, and uncover the real Napoleon. Get Louis' new book: Napoleon's Library: The Emperor, His Books and Their Influence on the Napoleonic Era https://links.boatspodcast.com/321book Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/321 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:49:00

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This Week: The Spirit of St. Louis, Amelia, The Messenger

5/20/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 20th and May 26th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Spirit of St. Louis Amelia The Messenger Birthdays from This Week in History Monster | BOATS #217 Houdini & Doyle Victoria A Historical Movie Released This Week in History Kandahar Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/320 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:49:30

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This Week: Darkest Hour, The New World, The Other Boleyn Girl

5/13/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 13th and May 19th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Darkest Hour | BOATS #299 The New World The Other Boleyn Girl | BOATS #92 Birthdays from This Week in History American Gangster Behind the Candelabra The Perfect Game Historical Movie Releasing This Week Back to Black | Find showtimes near you Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/319 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:43:44

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This Week: The Hindenburg, Band of Brothers, Operation Finale

5/6/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between May 6th and May 12th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Hindenburg | BOATS #91 | The Hindenburg Disaster Footage Band of Brothers | BOATS Miniseries Operation Finale | BOATS #162 Birthdays from This Week in History Truman The Good Lord Bird Midnight in Paris Movies Released This Week in History Escape from Auschwitz Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/318 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:56:44

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Tombstone with Tom Clavin

5/1/2024
Did Hollywood get it right? Join us as we delve into the iconic Western film Tombstone with a special guest: the author of the book Tombstone, New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin! We'll separate myth from reality, analyzing the portrayal of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and the taming of a wild frontier town. Learn more about the true story: Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell https://links.boatspodcast.com/317book Get Tom's new book: Throne of Grace: A Mountain Man, an Epic Adventure, and the Bloody Conquest of the American West https://links.boatspodcast.com/317throneofgrace Tom's website: https://links.boatspodcast.com/317guest Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/317 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:01:11

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This Week: The Pride of the Yankees, Gods and Generals, The Right Stuff

4/29/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 29th and May 5th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Pride of the Yankees Gods and Generals The Right Stuff | BOATS #75 Alan Shepard's photo from space Birthdays from This Week in History Hirohito in Midway (2019) | BOATS #158 Calamity Jane in Deadwood: The Movie James Brown in Get On Up Movies Released This Week in History Ed Gein Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/316 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:31

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This Week: Troy, Chernobyl

4/22/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 22nd and April 28th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that was released this week in history. Events from This Week in History Troy | BOATS #133 Chernobyl | BOATS Miniseries Birthdays from This Week in History Vladimir Lenin in The King's Man Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln Movies Released This Week in History True History of the Kelly Gang Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/315 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:21

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The Aviator with James B. Steele

4/16/2024
In the 2004 biographical drama The Aviator, Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the eccentric and brilliant Howard Hughes, a maverick filmmaker and aviation tycoon who revolutionized Hollywood and the airline industry. The film chronicles Hughes' obsessive pursuit of perfection and his struggle with mental illness, offering a captivating glimpse into the life of one of the 20th century's most fascinating and enigmatic figures. Today, we'll learn compare the true story with the movie's version along with legendary journalist and Howard Hughes biographer James B. Steele. Learn more about the true story with James' book: Howard Hughes: His Life and Madness https://links.boatspodcast.com/314book Get James' other work: Forevermore, Nuclear Waste in America https://links.boatspodcast.com/314forevermore America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? https://links.boatspodcast.com/314taxes The Betrayal of the American Dream https://links.boatspodcast.com/314americandream America: What Went Wrong?: The Crisis Deepens https://links.boatspodcast.com/314crisisdeepens America: What Went Wrong? https://links.boatspodcast.com/314america James Steele and Donald Barlett's website: https://links.boatspodcast.com/314guest Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/314 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:27:17

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This Week: The Conspirator, Pearl Harbor, The Red Baron

4/15/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 15th and April 21st as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Conspirator | BOATS #175 Pearl Harbor | BOATS #212 The Red Baron Birthdays from This Week in History The Life of Leonardo da Vinci Breach | BOATS #69 Valkyrie | BOATS #62 Movies Released This Week in History The Conspirator | BOATS #175 Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/313 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:40

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This Week: Lincoln, Apollo 13, The Conspirator, Titanic

4/8/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 8th and April 14th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Lincoln | BOATS #170 Apollo 13 | BOATS #15 The Conspirator | BOATS #175 Titanic | BOATS #35 Birthdays from This Week in History The First Lady Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier | BOATS #151 or The Alamo | BOATS #172 Gunpowder Movies Released This Week in History Sweetwater or The Pope's Exorcist Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/312 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:33:28

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This Week: The Highwaymen, The Assassination of Jesse James, Grant

4/1/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between April 1st and April 7th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Highwaymen | BOATS #178 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford | BOATS #166 Grant Birthdays from This Week in History A United Kingdom | BOATS #238 Pearl Harbor | BOATS #212 or Midway | BOATS #158 The United States vs Billie Holiday Movies Released This Week in History The Best of Enemies Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/311 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Give value back: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:27:00

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This Week: Immortal Beloved, Knute Rockne All American

3/25/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between March 25th and March 31st as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Immortal Beloved Knute Rockne All American Birthdays from This Week in History At Eternity's Gate | BOATS #193 The Naked Maja Bach, the animated series Movies Released This Week in History The Zookeeper's Wife Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/310 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:58

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This Week: Waterloo, The Blue Max, Hitler: The Rise of Evil

3/18/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between March 18th and March 24th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Waterloo | BOATS #174 The Blue Max Hitler: The Rise of Evil Birthdays from This Week in History Tombstone | BOATS #142 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Feud Houdini Movies Released This Week in History Selena Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/309 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:22:17

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This Week: Schindler's List, Valkyrie, Rome

3/11/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between March 11th and March 17th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Schindler's List | BOATS #261 Valkyrie | BOATS #62 Rome Birthdays from This Week in History Selma | BOATS #167 Oppenheimer Klaus Movies Released This Week in History Finding Steve McQueen Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/308 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:21:58

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War Dogs with David Packouz

3/6/2024
In 2016's War Dogs, we learn the true story of two young men who win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan. Today, we'll talk to one of the real people the movie was based on, David Packouz, who is played by Miles Teller in the movie. Follow David's work Singular Sound: https://links.boatspodcast.com/307guest Instafloss: https://links.boatspodcast.com/307instafloss War Dogs Academy: https://links.boatspodcast.com/307wardogsacademy Did you enjoy this episode? Find the transcript and full show notes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/307 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:08:30

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This Week: The Alamo, Selma, Mary Queen of Scots

3/4/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between March 4th and March 10th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History The Alamo | BOATS #172 Selma | BOATS #167 Mary Queen of Scots | BOATS #138 Birthdays from This Week in History The Agony and the Ecstasy Rob Roy Gagarin or First Orbit Documentary Movies Released This Week in History The Ordeal of Patty Hearst Honorable Mention: Nosferatu Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/306 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:01

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This Week: Waco, The Crucible, Seabiscuit

2/26/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events from February 26th to March 3rd as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Waco The Crucible | BOATS #143 Seabiscuit | BOATS #131 Birthdays from This Week in History Walk the Line Constantine and the Cross The Alamo | BOATS #172 Movies Released This Week in History Being Flynn Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/305 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:24:28

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This Week: Letters from Iwo Jima, Malcolm X, Flags of Our Fathers

2/19/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between February 19th and February 25th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Letters from Iwo Jima Malcolm X | BOATS #128 Flags of Our Fathers Birthdays from This Week in History Copernicus The Alamo | BOATS #172 Turn: Washington's Spies | BOATS #139 Movies Released This Week in History Bitter Harvest and Behind the True Story of Bitter Harvest ...or maybe Cocaine Bear :) Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/304 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:11

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This Week: Mata Hari, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Young Guns

2/12/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between February 12th and February 18th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Mata Hari | BOATS #74 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Young Guns | BOATS #146 Birthdays from This Week in History Glory | BOATS #169 Shackleton Ford v Ferrari or Ferrari Movies Released This Week in History Pompeii Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/303 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:23:25

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This Week: Mary Queen of Scots, The Pacific, Julia

2/5/2024
In this episode, we'll learn about historical events between February 5th and February 11th as they're shown in the movies. We'll also learn about birthdays from historical figures who have been portrayed in the movies as well as recommendations for a movie that first premiered this week in history. Events from This Week in History Mary Queen of Scots | BOATS #138 The Pacific | BOATS miniseries Julia Birthdays from This Week in History Hamilton Turn: Washington's Spies | BOATS #139 Tesla | BOATS #201 Movies Released This Week in History Stagecoach Did you enjoy this episode? Find everything at: https://links.boatspodcast.com/302 Get the BOATS email newsletter: https://links.boatspodcast.com/newsletter Leave a comment: https://links.boatspodcast.com/comment Support our sponsors: https://links.boatspodcast.com/advertisers Unlock ad-free episodes: https://links.boatspodcast.com/value Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:19:36