Before there was the podcast and the smartphone, there was the cassette tape and the Walkman — two devices that although not considered much today, were revolutionary. They were recordable, rewritable, spliceable, compact, mobile. For the first time they allowed you to move through the world and listen to a voice speaking only to you. 

These cassette tape brought us together, pulled us apart and forever changed how we say those three simple words, ‘I love you.’ In five episodes  from around the world, Mixtape explores the impact  the cassette had and continues to have today.

Mixtape, a special series from Radiolab, is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation Initiative, the Shanahan Family Charitable Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

  • Mixtape: Help?

    Nov 19, 2021
    Three stories of cassette tapes as peculiar helpers, carrying self-help, a village’s history and lost love.
  • Mixtape: The Wandering Soul

    Nov 5, 2021
    Many nights during the Vietnam war, if you listened closely, you’d swear you heard a ghost. Today, the story of that ghost and how it still haunts us today.
  • Mixtape: Jack and Bing

    Oct 29, 2021
    Bing Crosby and some stolen Nazi technology won his audience back and changed media forever. 
  • Mixtape: Dakou

    Oct 22, 2021
    Cassette tapes trashed as scrap brought western rock music to China and created a cultural remix on the grandest possible scale.