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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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7:45am

Tue January 6, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Poor communication caused more turmoil in the War of 1812

Treaties can put a stop to war. But as Commentator Gary Joiner points out, battles wage on after a war ends, as was the case with the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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

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7:45am

Tue December 30, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Father Time gets little respect in fast times

The legendary, late folk singer Pete Seeger wrote: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." But commentator Gary Joiner wonders why there isn’t enough time to spare today -- even to appreciate timekeeping technology through the ages?

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

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7:45am

Tue December 23, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Tuskegee Airmen demonstrated valor and values of American fighting men

Commentator Gary Joiner lays the historical groundwork for this year's recipient of the Spirit of Independence Award that will be presented Saturday at the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

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

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7:45am

Tue December 16, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Think twice before tossing ephemera

Next time you open up your wallet or reach inside of your purse, chances are you’ll come into contact with bits and pieces of things that make up who you are. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why these remnants of life matter.

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

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7:45am

Tue December 9, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Fruitcake's checkered past begs historical context

First published in 1885, this was the first Creole cookbook ever printed, and it includes a recipe for fruitcake.

Fruitcake is one of the most ridiculed holiday traditions, but for many families, it is one with a rich history. Marilyn Joiner has graciously shared two of her go-to fruitcake recipes. 

Splendid Fruitcake

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