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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Commentator Gary Joiner pens  homage to the Army Air Forces 4th Fighter Group. Growing up in the 1950s, his passion for historical research was born out of the stories of these distinguished fighter pilots.

Shreveport business entrepreneur Mary Bennett Cane was born 203 years ago this week in New Hampshire. Commentator Gary Joiner recognizes her influence on the Shreveport economy in its early days.

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

Commentator Gary Joiner presents a profile of U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr. whose aircraft dropped the first atomic bomb in the history of warfare 70 years ago this month.

The world's largest diamond producer De Beers cut its output this year for a second time as demand for the gems weaken amid a supply glut. Commentator Gary Joiner has a history lesson on the diamond trade.

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

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles a Haitian-born New Orleanian, the so-called “corsair of the Gulf,” who masterminded successful smuggling operations in the Louisiana bayous in the early 1800s.

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

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