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History Matters commentator Gary Joiner compiles a history of floods that ravaged the region, most notably the Great Flood of 1927 that changed everything -- even creating a political tide.

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

Newspaper offices and trains have gone hand-in-hand throughout my checkered career. This current gig is no exception.

We moved our office downtown last August, on my birthday. It was not my intent to celebrate the final year of my sixth decade on this planet by sweating profusely and risking back injury while moving desks, filing cabinets and the like. But that is how it worked out. Football season was set to begin the following Friday, and I wanted us settled in our new digs before that commenced.

Commentator Gary Joiner has an addendum to the fireworks displays and cookouts from the weekend past. He’s dug deeper into the documents and philosophies that inspired the Declaration of Independence.

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

The opening scene of the first episode of “Newsroom” is vivid. Jeff Daniels portrays anchor Will McAvoy, who is seated at a panel discussion in a university auditorium. A student asks, “What makes America the greatest country in the world?”

Others on the panel respond with the usual patter about freedom and the American way. McAvoy tries to avoid answering the question. But the moderator keeps pressuring him to respond, and he finally does. It is a tough scene to watch. McAvoy replies,“It’s not the greatest country in the world, professor. That’s my answer.”

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner profiles the largest group of people in the world without an officially sanctioned homeland, the Kurds.

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