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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7:36 am
Tue March 18, 2014

History Matters: Burr's Ferry was a key crossing point over Sabine River

Commentator Gary Joiner takes listeners on a road trip to an area along the Sabine River with a rich history as a crossing point between Louisiana and Texas.

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7:37 am
Tue March 11, 2014

History Matters: Discover the wonders of Skara Brae

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a journey to Scotland for this historical snapshot of the stone-built Neolithic settlement Skara Brae.

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7:42 am
Tue March 4, 2014

History Matters: Sarah Knox Taylor died young and in love

Commentator Gary Borders has a portrait of Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, who was a career military officer during her lifetime and later became president. Sarah Knox Taylor is buried near St. Francisville, La., at Locust Grove State Historic Site.

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7:36 am
Tue February 25, 2014

History Matters: '12 Years a Slave' puts uncomfortable American history in focus

With the 86th Academy Awards ceremony less than a week away, commentator Gary Joiner is pleased with the Oscar buzz surrounding "12 Years a Slave" that closely examines an undeniable chapter in American history.

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7:45 am
Tue February 4, 2014

History Matters: The Beatles' birth in America seems like yesterday

The Beatles appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, 50 years ago this month. Commentator Gary Joiner explains how they changed America and why their history matters.

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7:38 am
Tue January 28, 2014

History Matters: Draw out stories from aging soldiers, for tomorrow it may be too late

Commentator Gary Joiner considers the legacy of each passing generation that has served in war time, and how important it is to capture the stories of aging soldiers who quietly fade away.

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12:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

History Matters: On the impact of a presidential legacy

Commentator Gary Joiners explore the makings of a presidential legacy.

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7:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

History Matters: Perception of Native Americans shaped early on

Commentator Gary Joiner discusses the image of Native Americans as they are shaped by teachers of history and others outside tribal communities.

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7:52 am
Tue January 7, 2014

History Matters: Shreveporters honor a Doolittle Raider, but who were they?

Doolittle's Raiders made history during World War II as they flew over the Japanese Home Islands to attack targets in Tokyo and other cities. Retired Col. Richard Cole, 98, was co-pilot to Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, and was in Shreveport last week to receive the Spirit of Independence Award. Commentator Gary Joiner visited with Cole and fills in the history of Doolittle's dangerous mission. 

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11:31 am
Tue December 31, 2013

History Matters: Happy New Year, unless history has its say

With the new calendar year, people automatically greet each other with a "Happy New Year." But history has a few things to say about what calendar system is crunching the numbers. Commentator Gary Joiner interweaves math and religion in this installment of History Matters.

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