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Flu shot promotional signage is everywhere these days -- reminders on the doors of big box stores and flashed across drugstore digital signs. Commentator Gary Joiner says the 1918 influenza outbreak was one of the deadliest disasters in human history. Estimates are it wiped out between 50 and 100 million people worldwide.

Gary Borders

I bought a new guitar four months ago. It’s my second resonator, with the shiny cone, the kind made famous in Paul Simon’s “Graceland.”

Families sit down together Thursday and enjoy a lavish meal giving thanks for the many blessings of the past year. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why this all-American holiday may not be so rooted in patriotism.

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

Gary Borders

Autumn took its sweet time getting here. That did not stop me from making a pilgrimage to procure a load of firewood from my brother-in-law’s farm near Jefferson. Besides, I needed to get some lumber for a future woodworking project with a friend. That is where it is stored, inside a rustic horse stable. 

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the long history of dogs groomed for military service around the world.

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

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