Some of the central cast members: (L-R) Mike (Jonathan Banks), Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White, Jr. (RJ Mitte) (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)
Some of the central cast members: (L-R) Mike (Jonathan Banks), Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), Walter White (Bryan Cranston), Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Skyler White (Anna Gunn) and Walter White Jr. (RJ Mitte) (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)

Here’s a public media secret: Sometimes between episodes of Charlie Rose, “NewsHour,” “Sesame Street” and “Masterpiece Theater,” we sneak a look at what else is happening on television. Things like baseball, football, “The Colbert Report” and Fox News. It has not escaped our notice that AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is wrapping up its run tonight. Along with much of the rest of the viewing audience, we have occasionally binge-watched the show to catch up so that we’d be in sync with America for tonight. (Or almost in sync. We’re aware the final episode is on the air.) As we get ready to fire up the DVR, here are some of the things we’ll miss as “Breaking Bad” completes its run: 1. The weekly refresher on the periodic table of the elements. You know — those highlighted letters during the credits? 2. Wondering whether methamphetamine could really bring down an airliner 3. Blue crystal meth doughnuts. 4. The hat. 5. Pondering Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle as it relates to the birth of antihero/meth chemist Walter White. 6. The New Mexico locations. 7. The Walt Whitman plot line. 8. The ugly cars. 9. All those characters: Badger, Skinny Pete, Combo, Gus, Hector, Gale, Hank, Marie, Skyler, Walter Jr., Jane, Andrea, Jesse and Mike. But especially Saul Goodman, the garishly dressed and in his own way endlessly optimistic lawyer, his office decorated in U.S. Constitution wallpaper, who never let his clients or the audience down. Better call Saul. 10.You say you prefer spending your Sunday nights with “Downton Abbey”? This one’s for you:

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Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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