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.



Wed October 3, 2012

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.


Tue September 25, 2012

History Matters: On when day and night are in accord

Commentator Gary Joiner discusses the history of fall -- the observation of the autumnal equinox.


Tue September 18, 2012

History Matters: Insights into Poverty Point

Commentator Gary Joiner offers a primer of the Poverty Point culture in northeast Louisiana near the town of Epps.


Tue September 11, 2012

History Matters: On the origins of terrorism

On this 9/11 anniversary, commentator Gary Joiner explores the historical roots of terroristic activity.


Tue September 4, 2012

History Matters: Remembering the commander of Apollo 11

Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on the life and legacy of the late astronaut Neil Armstrong.