Based on a True Fiction

Based on a True Fiction is a podcast dedicated to examining accuracy, or more commonly the inaccuracy, of movies based on historical events. It is hosted by Abigail Brosh and Stacy shirk, both of whom became aware of the failings of their favorite animated musicals at young and tender ages.
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May 11, 2021

This episode Abby and Stacy review their first romantic comedy based on history “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1998), and are joined by two special guests: the anonymous host and producer of relationship podcast “You Can Tell Me.”

Feb 22, 2021

Stacy and Abby are back debunking Tudor myths and slandering Tudor tyrants with "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008).

May 3, 2020

Abby and Stacy went back to their bi-coastal roots and recorded separately in their own homes for some socially distant podcasting this week! They hope that the dulcet tones of Dame Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music" (1965) will help to soothe listeners' quarantine woes! 

Mar 17, 2020

Stacy and Abby are back for St. Patrick's Day! This episode delves into The Troubles of Northern Ireland as seen in Jim Sheridan's biographical film about Gerry Conlon, "In the Name of the Father" (1993).

May 11, 2019

Fellow history nerds Nicole Palermo and Emma Kreienberg join Abby and Stacy in their deep dive of the darkly comedic "Can You Ever Forgive Me" (2018). 

Feb 20, 2019

Abby and Stacy discuss one of their favourite films to date; the delightfully anachronistic Yorgos Lanthimos film, The Favourite (2018).

Oct 5, 2018

Stacy and Abby get back to ruining your childhood by exploring the dark and unsettling history behind this Disney classic in their first ever commentary episode: Pocahontas (1995).

Jul 2, 2018

Failure to listen is not an option! Christopher Modoono returns in this epic dissection of NASA's most successful failure via Ron Howard's faithful portrayal: Apollo 13 (1995). Houston we have a podcast! 

May 20, 2018

Stacy and Abby gallantly herald their thoughts on a movie that's meant to break historical rules: A Knight's Tale (2001). 

Mar 23, 2018

Stacy, Abby, and special guest Jackie Feiler explore the movie of the life of Marie Antoinette (2006)...but not really the French Revolution. Join their dissection of Sofia Coppola's unique historical take on the titular queen. 

Dec 28, 2017

Stacy and Abby are back to discuss the first story they've examined that took place in their living memory: I, Tonya (2017). The only problem? In this movie everyone's "truth" is told, and the versions usually don't match up. 

Oct 8, 2017

Stacy and Abby bust some myths in their examination of Troy (2004). 

Aug 26, 2017

Historical spoiler alert! Stacy and Abby get relevant with Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk (2017). 

Jul 5, 2017

This Independence Day, Christopher Modoono joins Abby and Stacy in analyzing 1776 (1972), the musical interpretation of our nation's founding.

May 30, 2017

Stacy and Abby explore James Cameron's surprisingly close-to-perfect historical depiction of Titanic (1997). From the old couple in the bed to the very carpet used on set, almost every character and image you see has some basis in fact. Besides the love story so, you know, the main plot. 

Apr 12, 2017

For Passover, Stacy and Abby try their hands at historical theology with the Moses story in The Prince of Egypt (1998). From analyzing the science behind the plagues, to pinning down which century this story takes place in, they will discover the history behind ancient myth is sometimes as murky and convoluted as a river of blood. 

Mar 17, 2017

Kathleen Littlefield joins Abby Brosh and Stacy Shirk this St. Patrick's Day on a romp through New York during the Civil War! If that sounds like a lot, you'd be right. Enjoy a pint as we tackle Boss Tweed, xenophobia, and America's first draft. 

Feb 14, 2017

This Valentine's Day immerse yourself in the political/personal love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in The Young Victoria (2009). Julian Fellowes and Jean-Marc Vallee distinguish themselves as the most historically accurate filmmakers Stacy and Abby have yet covered, by far. 

Jan 27, 2017

Stacy and Abby finally get into World War II in the biopic love story Pearl Harbor (2001). 

Dec 19, 2016

Abigail Brosh and Stacy Shirk go to town on one of the most historically inaccurate movies of all time: Braveheart (1995). 

Oct 23, 2016

In their inaugural episode, Abigail Brosh and Stacy Shirk take a look at 20th Century Fox's Anastasia (1997). Spoiler alert: Anastasia is dead, St. Petersburg should be Leningrad, and the Russian Revolution wasn't caused by a curse. The actual mystery: is Rasputin's penis real?