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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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

History Matters: Measles killed thousands of Civil War soldiers

Civil War hospitals like this one in Washington, D.C., treated soldiers for common maladies, such as malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, and measles.

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:19 am

A multi-state outbreak of the measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, has public health departments on guard. The measles outbreak reminds commentator Gary Joiner of how the disease spread during the Civil War.

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NPR Story
8:45 am
Tue February 3, 2015

History Matters: Let's give props to TLC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Tracing your family's genealogy can unearth a good bit of drama. Commentator Gary Joiner says TV producers are cashing in on those made-for-television moments in the TLC series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' The sixth season premieres Feb. 24.

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Red River Radio
8:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

History Matters: O.Winston Link's photographs documented steam locomotion and Louisiana life

O. Winston Link, "Girl Eating Honeycomb, Donaldsonville, LA," 1937. Copyright W. Conway Link.

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:56 am

Centenary College's Meadows Museum of Art features a photography retrospective, “Images of Excellence: The O. Winston Link Centennial,” running through Jan. 31. The photographer's son, Shreveport resident W. Conway Link, helped curate the exhibit. It features more than 50 black and white photographs, including three large bodies of Link's work—his Louisiana series, his commercial photography, and his steam locomotive series. Commentator Gary Joiner explains who was O. Winston Link.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue January 13, 2015

History Matters: American Cemetery is a Natchitoches treasure

Commentator Gary Joiner highlights American Cemetery in Natchitoches, the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. Established around 1737, the cemetery is only a few years younger than the town itself, and its historic landscape is filled with trees and wildlife. It is located on the 200 block of Second Street in the Natchitoches Historic District and open to the public during daylight hours.

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NPR Story
8:33 am
Tue January 6, 2015

History Matters: Poor communication caused more turmoil in the War of 1812

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 9:44 am

Treaties can put a stop to war. But as Commentator Gary Joiner points out, battles wage on after a war ends, as was the case with the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

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NPR Story
7:45 am
Tue December 30, 2014

History Matters: Father Time gets little respect in fast times

The legendary, late folk singer Pete Seeger wrote: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." But commentator Gary Joiner wonders why there isn’t enough time to spare today -- even to appreciate timekeeping technology through the ages?

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NPR Story
7:56 am
Tue December 23, 2014

History Matters: Tuskegee Airmen demonstrated valor and values of American fighting men

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 8:53 am

Commentator Gary Joiner lays the historical groundwork for this year's recipient of the Spirit of Independence Award that will be presented Saturday at the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.

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NPR Story
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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WRKF
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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