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, June 20, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner studies a Major Miscalculation Hitler made during WW II which occurred 76 years ago this week, and how Hitler’s arrogance sealed his fate.

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

Commandos of 47 (RM) Commando coming ashore from LCAs (Landing Craft Assault) on Jig Green beach, Gold area, 6 June 1944. LCTs can be seen in the background unloading priority vehicles for 231st Brigade, 50th Division.
No 5 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Midgley (Sgt) / This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.

Airs Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner shines a light on D-Day, the day the Allies invaded Western Europe in World War II.

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

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Airs Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. Dr. Gary Joiner Commentator Gary Joiner explores abandoned towns -- from Rum Center to Fischer -- and explains why their history matters.

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