WBEZ brings you fact-based news and information. Sign up for our newsletters to stay up to date on the stories that matter.In the 1950’s the U.S. State Department launched a powerful tool in the cold war struggle—jazz! Jazz musicians were sent abroad with a mission: to create a different idea and experience of American soft power to the Middle East, South America, Russia and other spots. On this edition of Global Notes, Morning Shift and Radio M host Tony Sarabia and Alison Cuddy discover what the program accomplished then - and now with the help of Michelle Los-Banos Jardina, the deputy director for Cultural Programs at the U.S. State Department. (Photo: AP Images).