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 7, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Shreveporters honor a Doolittle Raider, but who were they?

Doolittle's Raiders made history during World War II as they flew over the Japanese Home Islands to attack targets in Tokyo and other cities. Retired Col. Richard Cole, 98, was co-pilot to Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, and was in Shreveport last week to receive the Spirit of Independence Award. Commentator Gary Joiner visited with Cole and fills in the history of Doolittle's dangerous mission. 

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11:27am

Tue December 31, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Happy New Year, unless history has its say

With the new calendar year, people automatically greet each other with a "Happy New Year." But history has a few things to say about what calendar system is crunching the numbers. Commentator Gary Joiner interweaves math and religion in this installment of History Matters.

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7:35am

Tue December 24, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: On what it was like to cross the Delaware

Commentator Gary Joiner revisits Christmas Day 1776, and how George Washington sealed his place as the leader of a fledgling nation.

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7:35am

Tue December 17, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Gulf Stream influenced explorers and still drives economies

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the Gulf Stream -- a powerful natural occurrence that changed the course of history and still drives economies today.

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7:35am

Tue December 10, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: A tribute to Nelson Mandela

Dr. Gary Joiner

  Commentator Gary Joiner pays tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela on the day South Africans -- and world leaders -- celebrate his legacy.

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