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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Airs Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner is here to explain how frost helped keep an epidemic down, showing that even the history frost matters.

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

Airs Friday, February 23, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders remembers an extremely sad day, Feb. 1, 2003, and The Space Shuttle Columbia, a national tragedy. 

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Airs Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 7:45 p.m. Commentator Gary Joiner takes us back to 1918 and the Flu Pandemic that swept the world leaving millions dead. History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. 

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