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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Battle of Vienna - Martino Altomonte
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Airs Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner looks back at John Sobieski, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, who led the Winged Hussars into a great victory against the Ottoman Turks who attacked Vienna in 1683.

Saladin the Victorious
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Airs Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. Commentator Gary Joiner looks into the conflict in Iraq and asks who the Kurds are and how does their History Matter.

Gary's Critter Crew
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Airs Friday, September 20, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Gary Borders takes to the night shift, and his cats and dogs take note.

The First meeting of Washington and Lafayette, Philadelphia, Aug. 3rd, 1777
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Airs Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner gives us a historic profile of the Marquis de Lafayette, whose name is embossed on the history of this nation.

Wilson Savoy of the Pine Leaf Boys (cajun accordion player in sunglasses and patchwork costume) playing with other Cajun musicians at the 2010 Faquetigue Courir de Mardi Gras
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Airs Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner takes a look the terms Cajun & Creole, two terms indigenous to Louisiana culture and history, and why there history matters.