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
7:35 am
Tue October 14, 2014

History Matters: Reflections on cotton production, a Southern industry mainstay

Remnants of cotton ginned in Gilbert, La.

Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the milestones of cotton production through history. 

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7:36 am
Tue September 23, 2014

History Matters: Fall is officially underway, ancient calendar calculations prevail

Commentator Gary Joiner builds the historical case for why the autumnal equinox should matter today, even when it doesn't feel like fall in the Deep South.

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NPR Story
7:35 am
Tue September 16, 2014

History Matters: Controlling Turkish Straits is always a power grab

Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the interplay between waterways and conflict, specifically the Dardanelles and Bosporus, part of the Turkish Straits.

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7:35 am
Tue September 9, 2014

History Matters: Who are the Kurds?

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 1:02 pm

The U.S. has entered the war against Islamic State fighters, or ISIS, in Iraq with air strikes. Kurds are one of the main Western allies. Commentator Gary Joiner takes a step back to look at the Kurdish people through history.

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NPR Story
8:33 am
Tue September 2, 2014

History Matters: A 'devil's elbow' had deadly consequences on Red River

History Matters commentator Gary Joiner digs deep into a river navigation term -- devil’s elbow -- and offers his definition with an historical bent.

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NPR Story
7:36 am
Tue August 26, 2014

History Matters: Steam has a story in generations of uses

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 10:23 am

Scientists today are trying to harness the sun to make steam energy more efficient in producing electricity from renewable sources. Commentator Gary Joiner has a history lesson on steam. 

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NPR Story
7:36 am
Tue August 19, 2014

History Matters: Why Texas takes pride in its lone stars

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the history of the Bonnie Blue, one of the original Texas flags.


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NPR Story
7:36 am
Tue August 12, 2014

History Matters: Economic and political lessons lurk in ghost towns

LSU Shreveport history professor Gary Joiner examines ghosts of the past -- the crumbling brick and mortar type -- in this installment of History Matters.

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NPR Story
7:36 am
Tue August 5, 2014

History Matters: History buffs should flock to Jefferson, Texas

History Matters #333 - Jefferson, Texas

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 10:28 am

Commentator Gary Joiner spotlights an East Texas town that is trapped in time -- in a good way. He calls Jefferson, Texas, a historian's jewel in the woods.


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3:43 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

History Matters: Letter writing has made a mark on history

Dr. Gary Joiner
Commentator Gary Joiner puts old-fashioned pen to paper this week with thoughts about letter writing and journaling and their important contribution to history.


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