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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The Battle of Waterloo
William Sadler (1782–1839) / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Airs Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner takes a look the battle of Waterloo and the lasting legacy of Napoleon's reign and fall of the Western World.

Slavers throwing overboard the Dead and Dying — Typhoon coming on ("The Slave Ship")
J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851) - / Public Domain: This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art.

Airs Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner takes a look the role of Liverpool England in the Slave Trade, and why a former slave ship captain penned the hymn, Amazing Grace.

Dr. Gary Joiner
Press Image / LSU Shreveport

Airs Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner takes a look at the amazing histories that can be found in our cemeteries, by recounting the history behind Scottsville Cemetery.

Cypress Swamp - Lake Bistineaux State Park - Camp Ground # 2
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Airs Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner looks at the role the bald cypress has played in the history of Louisiana and around the world.

Bayou Dorcheat
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Airs Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 7:45 a.m. This week commentator Dr. Gary Joiner takes us down Bayou Dorcheat, in the Northwest Louisiana highlands, and Bayou Dorcheat's role in our history.

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