History Matters

Tuesday Mornings at 7:35 a.m.

Join Dr. Gary Joiner every Tuesday morning as he talks about history - from the ancient Greeks to World War II; from the Civil War to Louisiana history and much more.

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


Commentator Gary Joiner profiles Cyrus the Great, a ruler whose three-decade reign created the largest empire the world had yet seen.

Doctors' Day is a special day in this country for a small group of very intelligent and dedicated men and women. Regardless of the civilization or era, people with the skills of healers have been revered for their talents. Commentator Gary Joiner explore the origin of Doctors' Day recognized on Wednesday, March 30, and why its history matters.

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

Commentator Gary Joiner explores instances of military deterrence and its varied definitions, tracing its roots back to the Cold War.

During World War II as part of the preparations to invade Europe in mid-1944, General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold formulated a plan to destroy as much of the German capacity to build, repair, and replace aircraft for the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. Commentator Gary Joiner examines the so-called "Big Week" by the numbers. 

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the origins of the penny dreadful, the popular and cheap serial literature that rose up in the dark corners of Victorian London.