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
7:33 am
Tue September 24, 2013

History Matters: On the most beautiful coin ever minted by the U.S.

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the impact of an Irish immigrant who became a remarkable American sculptor whose talent and service to the nation is still held in the highest esteem.


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NPR Story
7:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Gary Joiner: Common Core misses the mark in history education

Common Core is the new educational doctrine sweeping across the country. Commentator Gary Joiner says Common Core shows promise, but there are dangers in the details -- especially in history education.


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NPR Story
7:53 am
Tue September 10, 2013

History Matters: Remembering the Birmingham bombing and the racial climate 50 years ago

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:54 pm

U.S. Congressional leaders will host a ceremony today at the Capitol to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to four young girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Commentator Gary Joiner recounts what occurred 50 years ago.


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7:41 am
Tue September 3, 2013

History Matters: On exploring the heritage of Cajun and Creole cultures

Commentator Gary Joiner dissects the terms Cajun and Creole in Louisiana culture.


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Red River Radio
7:44 am
Tue August 27, 2013

History Matters: Hurricanes have a complex history

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, commentator Gary Joiner offers this perspective on the toll of hurricanes through history.


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NPR Story
7:42 am
Tue August 20, 2013

History Matters: History buffs should flock to Jefferson, Texas

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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NPR Story
7:39 am
Tue August 13, 2013

History Matters: Civil War historians follow the footsteps of Union soldiers

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a road trip. We follow the Red River Campaign that Civil War historians like to travel to follow in the footsteps of the Union army soldiers who moved through the area more than 150 years ago.


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7:36 am
Tue August 6, 2013

History Matters: Letter writing has made a mark on history

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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7:46 am
Tue July 30, 2013

History Matters: Wyatt Earp left his stamp on the Wild West

He was portrayed in many films as the lawman who imparted violent justice in the old West -- walking away from the shootout at the O.K. Corral unscathed. In today's installment of History Matters, commentator Gary Joiner takes us into the life of Wyatt Earp.


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