Gary Joiner, Ph.D.

Host of "History Matters"

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 7:45 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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Mural Image of Timbermen from Wall in Downtown Springhill Louisiana - Bill Beckett - c 2018
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Airs Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner looks back at many towns that once were, but are ghostly memories of the past.

The Delta Queen docked at Mud Island, Memphis, Tennessee in May 2003.
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Airs Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner looks back at the important role that steamboats played in the development of America’s interior.

Old Dirt Road in Louisiana
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Airs Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner looks at the ancient deer trails and native American hunting paths that would become, and remain today, important roads through the Red River Radio listening area.

Caesar Carpentier Antoine was the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1836 to 1872.
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Airs Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner looks back to Caesar Carpentier Antoine, the third of three African-American Republicans who were elected and served as the Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana during the era of Reconstruction.

A former Etruscan walled town, Civita di Bagnoregio, in Lazio, Italy
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Airs Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Joiner examines the ancient mand mysterious culture of the Etruscans. A lost culture that still affects modern society to this day.

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