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 February 25, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: '12 Years a Slave' puts uncomfortable American history in focus

With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony less than a week away, commentator Gary Joiner is pleased with the Oscar buzz surrounding "12 Years a Slave" that closely examines an undeniable chapter in American history.

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7:35am

Tue February 4, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: The Beatles' birth in America seems like yesterday

The Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, 50 years ago this month. Commentator Gary Joiner explains how they changed America and why their history matters.

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7:35am

Tue January 28, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Draw out stories from aging soldiers, for tomorrow it may be too late

Commentator Gary Joiner considers the legacy of each passing generation that has served in war time, and how important it is to capture the stories of aging soldiers who quietly fade away.

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7:35am

Tue January 21, 2014

7:35am

Tue January 14, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Perception of Native Americans shaped early on

Commentator Gary Joiner discusses the image of Native Americans as they are shaped by teachers of history and others outside tribal communities.

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