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 7:35 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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7:35am

Tue March 11, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Discover the wonders of Skara Brae

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a journey to Scotland for this historical snapshot of the stone-built Neolithic settlement Skara Brae.

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7:35am

Tue March 4, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Sarah Knox Taylor died young and in love

Commentator Gary Borders has a portrait of Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who was a career military officer during her lifetime and later became president. Sarah Knox Taylor is buried near St. Francisville, La., at Locust Grove State Historic Site.

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7:35am

Tue February 25, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: '12 Years a Slave' puts uncomfortable American history in focus

With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony less than a week away, commentator Gary Joiner is pleased with the Oscar buzz surrounding "12 Years a Slave" that closely examines an undeniable chapter in American history.

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7:35am

Tue February 4, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: The Beatles' birth in America seems like yesterday

The Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, 50 years ago this month. Commentator Gary Joiner explains how they changed America and why their history matters.

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