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 January 24, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Arsenic through the times

Commentator Gary Joiner mixes in some chemistry this week with his piece on the deadly consequences of arsenic through history.

7:35am

Tue January 17, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Nitroglycerin, Nobel and the Red River

Commentator Gary Joiner draws a link between the Nobel Peace Prize and the 1873 Great Raft logjam on the Red River.

7:35am

Tue January 10, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: The Battle of New Orleans

As Louisiana marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, commentator Gary Joiner explores the pivotal Battle of New Orleans.

7:35am

Tue January 3, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: Political parties in focus

With the GOP presidential primary season under way, commentator Gary Joiner explores the history of political parties in America.

7:35am

Tue December 27, 2011
Commentary

History Matters: Newly Discovered Civil War Artifacts

Commentator Gary Joiner shares news of some newly discovered Civil War artifacts in Shreveport. 

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