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‘Every place has a story. Now, every story has a place,’ runs the tagline of the travel audio app co-founded by Academy award winner actor-director and musician Kevin Costner. Called ‘HearHere’ and available for iPhone users, it is the outcome of the actor’s love for history.
“HearHere is now available for those of you planning road trips on the West Coast. Download it on your iPhone and allow me and HearHere to be your companion on your next road trip,” tweeted the actor at the launch.
"It’s not only our responsibility, it’s our obligation to understand and to pass on faithfully the stories of the people who flourished here for thousands of years." #HearHere Co-Founder Kevin Costner @modernwest— HearHere (@HearHeredotcom) August 23, 2020
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The app will be an interesting ‘road companion’ for domestic as well as international travellers as they drive along the West Coast. The short audio notes will apprise the listener about the places they are driving by, telling them about the history or other interesting titbits, including cuisine and culture. Even if you do not want to stop at a historical marker en route, at least you will know why the place is important.
“I love stories. I am the guy that stops at the historical markers along the highway - usually bringing moans from everyone in the car. But it was this continuing curiosity that I began to think HearHere could satisfy without anyone having to leave the car,” writes Costner on the HearHere blog.
Co-founder Woody Sears writes in his blog, “Kevin travels from CA to Colorado with his family every year and they choose to do it by car. Kevin loves to stop at all the historical markers and share that history with his kids but the kids aren’t nearly as excited about this. The kids find the historical markers dry and have a hard time relating. Now, with HearHere, they can get that history while they are in their car, told at the perfect time in their drive without even requiring a stop.”
The app has started with stories for California, Oregon, and Washington, and there are plans to expand the stories through the US. It is likely to be available for Android users in 2021. Narrators include Costner and famous basketball coach Phil Jackson.
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