If you’re interesting in hearing real stories from real people all over the world, then broadcastr.com might interest you. The idea is that anybody can record a narrative that’s linked to a place. Their categories include childhood, citizen journalism, crime, events, family, history, reviews, work and in case your story doesn’t fit any of the others, there’s one called WTF!? You can also browse or search by location or name of author.
On their website they say, “Just like in human memory, every story is bound to a place. Whether dishing last night’s details to friends, uncovering local lore, perusing restaurant reviews, listening to travel guides, tuning in to citizen journalism, contemplating oral histories, or sharing hilarious anecdotes, Broadcastr amplifies all our voices.”
You can include a picture of yourself or the place and the related place will be pinpointed on a world map. The recordings vary from half a minute to five and a half minutes At the moment it’s still in beta.
One way this could be useful, especially once there are a lot more recordings, would be to get some insights into a place you’re writing about but are not able to visit yourself. Or if you found any contributors who seem to be experts in that location (or at least live there), you might be able to contact them and ask them a few questions to help your research.
If you’re intrigued, why not check it out and maybe add a recording of your own? You can find instructions via their ‘about’ page (bottom of the home page).