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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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7:45am

Tue December 16, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Think twice before tossing ephemera

Next time you open up your wallet or reach inside of your purse, chances are you’ll come into contact with bits and pieces of things that make up who you are. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why these remnants of life matter.

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 December 9, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Fruitcake's checkered past begs historical context

First published in 1885, this was the first Creole cookbook ever printed, and it includes a recipe for fruitcake.

Fruitcake is one of the most ridiculed holiday traditions, but for many families, it is one with a rich history. Marilyn Joiner has graciously shared two of her go-to fruitcake recipes. 

Splendid Fruitcake

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7:45am

Tue December 2, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Who is your favorite American president and why?

Commentator Gary Joiner asks listeners a question he gets a lot: Who are your five favorite presidents and how do you rank them? The answer may change over time.

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 November 25, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Thanksgiving was in order after harrowing voyage on a small ship

Families sit down together Thursday and enjoy a lavish meal giving thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why this all-American holiday may not be so rooted in patriotism.

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

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7:52am

Tue November 18, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Bone chilling temperatures were heralded in 19th century Louisiana

During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

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

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