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.

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7:35am

Tue October 14, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Reflections on cotton production, a Southern industry mainstay

Remnants of cotton ginned in Gilbert, La.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the milestones of cotton production through history. 

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7:35am

Tue September 23, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Fall is officially underway, ancient calendar calculations prevail

Commentator Gary Joiner builds the historical case for why the autumnal equinox should matter today, even when it doesn't feel like fall in the Deep South.

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7:35am

Tue September 16, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Controlling Turkish Straits is always a power grab

Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the interplay between waterways and conflict, specifically the Dardanelles and Bosporus, part of the Turkish Straits.

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8:35am

Tue September 9, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: Who are the Kurds?

The U.S. has entered the war against Islamic State fighters, or ISIS, in Iraq with air strikes. Kurds are one of the main Western allies. Commentator Gary Joiner takes a step back to look at the Kurdish people through history.

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7:35am

Tue September 2, 2014
Commentary

History Matters: A 'devil's elbow' had deadly consequences on Red River

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner digs deep into a river navigation term -- devil’s elbow -- and offers his definition with an historical bent.

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