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Commentator Gary Joiner explains the surprising story behind the Nobel Peace Prize and Alfred Nobel's research on  nitroglycerin.

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Today we mark a New Year. At my age, I’m never in a hurry for any of my allotted days to pass. But I can’t say I will miss 2015. Violence and misery cropped up far too often, both here and abroad. While I pray for a safer, more peaceful 2016, there is little reason right now to believe it will be. That is the sad truth.

Commentator Gary Joiner reflects on the military strategy of George Washing ton and why he decided to cross the icy Delaware River on Christmas in order to move closer to America’s independence.

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

And suddenly it is Christmas. It is rainy and will be in the 70s. Three years ago it snowed on Christmas Day, the first white Christmas here in many decades. This year, we will be wearing T-shirts and shorts. You never know what an East Texas winter will bring.

This can be a melancholy season. Many of us equate the Christmas season with tragedy and loss. We push through it and prevail. Everything usually turns out OK as families gather, a few empty seats at the table. But there is a tear in the fabric of our lives that cannot be mended.

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Commentator Gary Joiner remembers a truce like no other and Christmas in No Man’s Land in 1914 in the early months of World War I.

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