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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Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the role and mystery of fraternal orders. 

Commentator Gary Joiner looks back at a true life Dr. Strangelove Moment in our history. 

Commentator Gary Join takes a look now at the amazing histories that can be found in our cemeteries. 

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a historic look at the Dust Bowl compared to today’s climate. 

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a historic look at immigration to our region over time ..

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