Cecilia Vaisman

Cecilia Vaisman was an award-winning journalist and cofounder of Homelands Productions.

She produced radio features and documentaries from Central and South America, the Caribbean, South Asia, and the U.S. She reported extensively on identity and women's issues, the environment, and development. Her work was featured on numerous programs including Latino USA, This American Life and All Things Considered.

Cecilia Vaisman passed away in 2015 at the age of 54. You can read her Chicago Tribune obituary here.


A growing number of African-American men are converting to Islam while in prison. In this story you'll meet several of them, all living in a medium-security prison in Logan, Illinois, and hear how the "call of Islam" fills a silence and a vacuum in their lives.

Shomari Kress wants to live the American Dream: start his own business, make lots of money, drive a fast car. But like many other young African-American men in his south side Chicago neighborhood, he's not sure how to realize that dream.