Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

Host of "History Matters"

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport.  He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”

Joiner was appointed chairman of Louisiana's Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force and also serves on the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

Joiner’s commentaries air Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m. He explores a wide range of historical topics, and is currently working on a book compilation of his Red River Radio commentaries.

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8:02am

Tue July 28, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Shreveport businessman Nathan Goldkind had a seat at a deadly card game

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Commentator Gary Joiner knits together the demise of 1800s Shreveport businessman and notorious gambler Nathan Goldkind who has a unique monument in Shreveport's Oakland Cemetery.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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7:45am

Tue July 21, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Lawman Wyatt Earp's life experiences were Hollywood fodder

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Commentator Gary Joiner profiles Arizona’s most famous lawman Wyatt Earp who went down in history as part of the 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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7:45am

Tue July 14, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Has the Ark-La-Tex seen worse flooding?

Cars and trucks in an unknown location get swept away in Mississippi River flood waters in the Great Flood of 1927.
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History Matters commentator Gary Joiner compiles a history of floods that ravaged the region, most notably the Great Flood of 1927 that changed everything -- even creating a political tide.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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7:45am

Tue July 7, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Contemplating the works that inspired the Declaration of Independence

Commentator Gary Joiner has an addendum to the fireworks displays and cookouts from the weekend past. He’s dug deeper into the documents and philosophies that inspired the Declaration of Independence.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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