PBS Need To Know: Public unions and state budgets, blood transfusions

March 11, 2011- The ongoing conflict between public unions and state governments in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Ohio revolves around a central question: Are public unions in part responsible for states’ budget problems? This week, Need to Know explores the facts to provide an answer.

Also: A growing number of people in the medical community are questioning how blood transfusions are used in the United States. They are concluding that, for many patients, the risks can outweigh the benefits. We take a look at the practice of blood transfusions and some alternatives that have been developed to avoid the potential risks that transfusions may pose.

And: Editorial illustrator Steve Brodner conducts an “illustrated interview” with author Eduardo Porter about income inequality in America.

The episode airs Friday, March 11 — check your local listings for details. 

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