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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Commentator Gary Joiner takes a historic look at the Dust Bowl compared to today’s climate. 

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a historic look at immigration to our region over time ..

Commentator Gary Joiner travels for Louisiana highway 8 to a place called Burr’s Ferry 

Commentator Gary Joiner looks at the life and history of the lessor know of the Lafitte brothers 

Commentator Gary Joiner remembers the 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War.

Commentator Gary Joiner relates the historical significance of the Lone Star State.

Commentator Gary Joiner profiles a nontraditional Civil War soldier.

Trail commentator Gary Joiner on Gen. Custer's Last Stand.

Commentator Gary Joiner has the history of the railroad.

History Matters

Jun 14, 2011

Commentator Gary Joiner takes us on a journey down the yellow brick road, replete with historical references.