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.



Tue July 24, 2012

History Matters: On defending Barksdale Air Force Base

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the Cold War era tactics designed to defend the assets held at Barksdale Air Force Base.


Tue July 17, 2012

History Matters: Recalling a U.S. Navy ship named for Shreveport

Commentator Gary Joiner remember the illustrious career of the USS Shreveport.


Tue July 10, 2012

History Matters: Shreveport's connection to political corruption

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers the death of Shreveporter Jim Leslie who was gunned down 36 years ago this week, a casualty of the bad old days of Louisiana political corruption.


Tue July 3, 2012

History Matters: The Great Awakening in focus

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles one of America's greatest theologians, Jonathan Edwards.


Tue June 26, 2012

History Matters: On Custer's Last Stand

Commentator Gary Joiner recounts the 136th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn or Custer's Last Stand.