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 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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7:35am

Tue December 3, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: In their heyday, railroads were inexpensive and fast

All aboard for History Matters! Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a trip through the history of railroads.

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7:35am

Tue November 26, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: The Pilgrims, Plymouth rock... it gets blurry

Commentator Gary Joiner thinks it's time for a refresher on what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about.

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7:35am

Tue November 19, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: A grieving nation sought answers after JFK assassination

Commentator Gary Joiner assesses a very sad day in American history that proves a single event can change the history of the world.

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7:35am

Tue November 12, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: On the origin of the holiday honoring veterans

Commentator Gary Joiner has a look back at the holiday honoring veterans on Nov. 11, and how it has changed over time.

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