George Washington History Matters: On the rationale behind crossing the Delaware on Christmas By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Dec 29, 2015 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. History Matters: Who is your favorite American president and why? By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Dec 2, 2014 Commentator Gary Joiner asks listeners a question he gets a lot: Who are your five favorite presidents and how do you rank them? The answer may change over time. History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine. History Matters: On what it was like to cross the Delaware By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Dec 24, 2013 Commentator Gary Joiner revisits Christmas Day 1776, and how George Washington sealed his place as the leader of a fledgling nation. History Matters: Indulgences in eggnog and its history By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Dec 25, 2012 Commentator Gary Joiner is an eggnog snob! He has the story behind his favorite eggnog recipe, and there's a history lesson mixed in. Click on this story to view Marilyn Joiner's recipe.