What does it mean to be an adolescent? RMIT student discusses as the host of new podcast

What does it mean to be an adolescent? RMIT student discusses as the host of new podcast

Second year Bachelor of Communication: Media student Anika Luna is the host of a new podcast produced by the Australian Children's Television Foundation (ACTF) in collaboration with Queer Town, ‘Even More Than This’.

The podcast, launching 9 November delves into the Paramount+ original teen drama series ‘More Than This’ which premiered earlier this year and tells the story of five adolescents navigating the unique challenges of young adulthood in Australia. 

Written by Luna and co-host Kien-Ling Liem, the podcast, like the series it dissects, is written by young people, for young people. 

“The opportunity presented itself through a few different channels. I just thought it would be an awesome opportunity to grow and speak about important issues and challenges, young person to young person, and through a different medium than I am used to” said Luna, who also hosts several radio broadcasts on youth station SYN. 

“Our intent with the podcast is to reach young people, educate them and allow them to feel seen.”

Anika and co-host record podcast in studio Anika Luna and Kien-Ling Liem record the podcast in studio. Source: ACTF

Conversations surrounding the challenges that today's teenagers face including peer pressure, mental health, sexuality and forming friendships shape each episode of ‘Even More Than This’ with the intention of equipping young people with the confidence and knowledge to succeed and thrive.

“I look at people who were in my community growing up and think about how much they would have benefitted from hearing these conversations,” said Luna.

“Seeing things normalised in media is such an important part of inclusion.”

The podcast’s creators placed importance on featuring a range of diverse voices which are included in a vox-pop component of each episode.  

“I can’t speak on the challenges of another person if I haven’t lived through them. It’s a big responsibility to be having these conversations, but also really rewarding,” said Luna. 

When asked about her experience studying communication at RMIT, Luna expressed admiration for her classmates, tutors and the learning environment at the university. 

“You’re constantly interacting with and learning from different people with different skillsets, which has allowed me to become the best version of my professional and creative self.”

“RMIT provides a great space for nurturing creatives, but also equips you with the life skills to be able to work with different kinds of people” she said.  

Listen to ‘Even More Than This’ from Wednesday 9 November wherever you get your podcasts or at the ACTF Website


Story: Seamus Daniel

09 November 2022


  • Student experience
  • Media & Communication

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