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Sound Beat’s foray into long-form audio projects include audio books, interviews, narrated journals, and documentary-style storytelling that highlights the experiences of iconic Syracuse University community members. Sound Beat: Access Audio projects have included collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and administration from partners across the Syracuse University campus, including the School of Education, Falk College, the School of Information Studies, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, WAER, Syracuse University Press, and the Office of University Counsel.

Inclusion and the student experience are at the forefront of Sound Beat: Access Audio’s mission. Through an exciting partnership with the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education’s InclusiveU, students form an integral part of the team in all aspects of production, working with Libraries staff to develop their research, writing, and editing skills.

If you have an idea for a Sound Beat: Access Audio project, or you’d like to support the collaborative and inclusive mission, contact:
Jim O’Connor, Producer of Sound Beat at 315.443.4867 or or Bianca Caiella Breed, Assistant Director for Development, Advancement at 315.443.5530 or

Recent Productions

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Trailblazer. Icon. Dynamo.

These are the words interviewees used to describe Dr. Sarah “Sally” Short in this audio documentary featuring colleagues, friends and some of her 55,000 former students.

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At Home with Warren Kimble

Warren Kimble left Syracuse University in 1957, eventually settling in the place that would become his home for the next five decades plus: Brandon, Vermont.

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You Don’t Surrender

This two-hour production provides remarkable insight into the psyche of a captive soldier set against the backdrop of one of the most compelling events of the 20th century.

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These are the words granddaughter of Emma and Sandy Wills, this is the story of a brave and strong enslaved woman who had to fight for everything in her life.

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The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills

Written by Cheryl Wills ’89, this is the story of Sandy’s journey from a suffocating slave plantation to a Union army camp in the Civil War, then on to a new life as a free man.