Eats and Beats

Beverly Shumway

It was pretty apparent early in his life that Ryan David Orr was destined to be a musician. He began writing and performing original music at 13, and has since lived all over the country honing what he calls his impressionistic style of folk music. Now based in Pinetop-Lakeside, he writes and records on the same property he once shared with his mother, one of his biggest influences. For the latest installment of our series Eats and Beats, Ryan David Orr shares the evolution of his deeply personal music.

Justin Regan

There’s a new restaurant in Northern Arizona where guests dine more than 20 stories underground. The Caverns Grotto is deep within Grand Canyon Caverns near Peach Springs. As part of our ongoing series “Eats and Beats: Stories about food and music” KNAU’s Justin Regan has this subterranean report. 

Northern Arizona University

People with Parkinson’s disease often develop trouble with their voices; they begin to whisper and mumble. Speech therapy can help, but so can singing. Flagstaff is one of many cities with a Parkinson’s choir. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, the “Mountain Tremors” are finding healing through music.... in the latest installment of Eats and Beats, stories about food and music.


Ed Kabotie is a third-generation artist and musician from the Hopi and Tewa tribes. His music has deep ties to his culture and the lands of his people, as well as environmental justice and other issues faced by many Native Americans. He fronts the Flagstaff reggae band Tha ‘Yoties. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius profiles Ed Kabotie for the latest installment in our series Eats and Beats: stories about food and music. Just a heads up, there’s a little bit of strong language in this piece. 

Justin Regan

Flagstaff is one of the latest cities to open a community food pantry. It’s a twist on traditional food banks, which generally provide hungry people with boxes of non-perishable foods. The Full Circle People’s Pantry of Flagstaff operates more like a grocery store, allowing customers to shop for donated food, including fresh produce, meat and milk. Organizers and customers alike say the pantry reduces the stigma of poverty and hunger, AND builds community. In the latest segment of our ongoing series Eats and Beats—stories about food and music—KNAU’s Justin Regan has this audio postcard.