Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport.  He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”

Joiner was appointed chairman of Louisiana's Civil War Sesquicentennial Task Force and also serves on the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Commission.

Joiner’s commentaries air Tuesdays at 7:35 a.m. He explores a wide range of historical topics, and is currently working on a book compilation of his Red River Radio commentaries.

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7:45 am
Tue December 16, 2014

History Matters: Think twice before tossing ephemera

Next time you open up your wallet or reach inside of your purse, chances are you’ll come into contact with bits and pieces of things that make up who you are. Commentator Gary Joiner explains why these remnants of life matter.

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7:45 am
Tue December 9, 2014

History Matters: Fruitcake's checkered past begs historical context

First published in 1885, this was the first Creole cookbook ever printed, and it includes a recipe for fruitcake.

Fruitcake is one of the most ridiculed holiday traditions, but for many families, it is one with a rich history. Marilyn Joiner has graciously shared two of her go-to fruitcake recipes. 

Splendid Fruitcake

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7:45 am
Tue December 2, 2014

History Matters: Who is your favorite American president and why?

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.

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7:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

History Matters: Thanksgiving was in order after harrowing voyage on a small ship

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.

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7:52 am
Tue November 18, 2014

History Matters: Bone chilling temperatures were heralded in 19th century Louisiana

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 9:06 am

During fall 1878 the southern Mississippi Valley was gripped by a massive Yellow Fever epidemic. North Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas had outbreaks of the Saffron Scourge, and the frost seemed to help bring an end to the suffering.

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

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7:35 am
Tue November 11, 2014

History Matters: The date of Veterans Day holds great significance

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:43 am

This is a day to remember those who’ve fought for America’s freedom and democracy. Commentator Gary Joiner explains the significance of the Veterans Day holiday.

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7:35 am
Tue November 4, 2014

History Matters: History depends on you getting to the polls

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 11:39 am

If past election cycles are any guide, turnout in this year's midterm elections could be about 40 percent of the voting age population. Commentator Gary Joiner makes an impassioned case for why voting matters.

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

    

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7:40 am
Tue October 28, 2014

History Matters: Deconstructing the rise of ISIS through the historical lens

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the difference between the acronyms ISIS and ISIL and what the consequences could be in how a terrorist group is referenced.

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

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7:35 am
Tue October 21, 2014

History Matters: Understanding pandemic disease through the eyes of history

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 1:01 pm

With the Ebola virus in the headlines every day, commentator Gary Joiner gives an overview of pandemic disease through the ages.

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

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