Huey Long History Matters: Has the Ark-La-Tex seen worse flooding? By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Jul 14, 2015 NPR 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. History Matters: Louisiana's public school textbooks trace back to Huey Long's politics By Gary Joiner, Ph.D. • Apr 30, 2013 It's Law Week in Shreveport-Bossier. Commentator Gary Joiner has a profile of a Winnfield, La., native who started practicing law at the tender age of 21, and went on to espouse public education during his political tenure.