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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11:51am

Tue February 19, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: On Barksdale's history through the decades

Commentator Gary Joiner pays tribute to Barksdale Air Force Base on its 80th anniversary this month.

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9:07am

Tue February 12, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: On the life and legacy of St. Valentine

Commentator Gary Joiner attempts to push aside all the commercialism of Valentine's Day to reveal the life and legacy of the real St. Valentine.

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7:51am

Tue February 5, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Shreveport must do more to protect historic buildings

Commentator Gary Joiner discusses the significance of saving old buildings that are architecturally valuable, and having an ordinance structure in place that protects and defends them in city planning.

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9:03am

Tue January 29, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Keep the memory of Louisiana's ghost towns alive

Commentator Gary Joiner explores abandoned towns -- from Rum Center to Fischer -- and explains why their history matters.

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9:11am

Tue January 22, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Exploring Lincoln's legacy

President Barack Obama's inauguration came within days of the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Commentator Gary Joiner has this reflection on Lincoln's legacy.

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