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.

Ways to Connect

Saunders Museum

Commentator Gary Joiner visited the Saunders Museum in Berryville, Arkansas as a 4-year-old and it made a powerful impression on him. Revisiting the museum as an adult unlocked childhood memories.

KATE ARCHER KENT

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. and its allies launched Operation Desert Storm to free Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq. What was confidential at the time was that the opening mission of the war was launched from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Commentator Gary Joiner profiles the top-secret air combat mission nicknamed "Secret Squirrel."

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the surprising story behind the Nobel Peace Prize and Alfred Nobel's research on  nitroglycerin.

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

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