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On Election Day, History Matters commentator Gary Joiner reflects on some of the political parties that have emerged over the past 150 years.

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

Pushing 60, and with a family history of colon cancer, my doctor browbeat me into undergoing a colonoscopy in late April. This occurred three years before the warranty expired on the last one. The procedure is not a big deal. The prep, however, is not a stroll in the park. In fact, there is only one location to which you will be strolling. Likely, you will walk briskly.

He was portrayed in many films as the lawman who imparted violent justice in the old West. Wyatt Earp walked away from the shootout at the O.K. Corral unscathed. Commentator Gary Joiner remembers the OK Corral gunfight 134 years ago.

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

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Dr. Geoffrey Canada told this story the other morning in Longview, to a crowd gathered in the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University for the Poverty Conference. An acclaimed documentary called “Waiting for Superman” was produced a few years back, featuring his work creating the Harlem Children’s Zone. Canada was raised in the South Bronx of New York City, a tough neighborhood. He and his team have worked cleaning up and taking back 97 blocks of Harlem and serving thousands of kids over the past 30 years.

Commentator Gary Joiner explores why some towns disappear off the map and what leads to their ghost town demise.

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

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