First audio file is getting compressed or dropped
I've had to make some edits to an existing project that included adding making some minor slide revisions, adding a conclusion slide with imported audio, adjusting slide properties, and publishing into a newly designed template. No edits were made to my first slide, but now the audio is compressed, with a quick burst of static in the beginning! There was 34 sec of audio, but suddenly the slide runs for just 2 seconds of static then silence. In Audio Editor, all I see is that short 2 sec. But if I act like I am going to record narration, it shows that there is 34sec already recorded, but it won't play!
It's as if adding the final slide (with audio) caused the audio on the front end to be cut off. But that makes no real sense! Any suggestions?!?! I've been messing with this for the last 4 hours and I'm at my wit's end.