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Author: Eva and Olga Karpman

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The Dream Big Podcast is a family-friendly podcast inspiring kids (and adults!) to pursue their passions in life and take action to make their dreams a reality. Your hosts Eva Karpman (currently 10-years-old in the 5th grade) and mom Olga Karpman interview world-class performers who do what they love and live their dreams each and every day. Eva also does solo episode where she answers questions from our audience and discusses personal development principles. The Dream Big Podcast’s short 15-20 minute format makes for the perfect length to listen to an episode in the car with your kids. Subscribe and together we can inspire each other to dream big and take action. To get to the podcast website, cut and paste the link into your browser. Get ready to DREAM BIG!
218 Episodes
We are over-the-moon thrilled to welcome Dr. Shefali Tsabary to the Dream Big Podcast.  We have been following Dr. Shefali’s groundbreaking work on conscious parenting for years now.  It was such a thrill when we learned that Dr. Shefali had a new book coming out for kids and teens, and was interested in being a guest on the Dream Big Podcast.   Dr. Shefali was kind enough to send Eva an advanced copy of Superpowered, so we had a chance to read the book before Eva’s chat with Dr. Shefali to prepare for the interview.  Needless to say, we loved it!  In our humble opinion, this episode with Dr. Shefali is one of Eva’s best interviews yet -- and we hope that all the Big Dreamers enjoy Dr. Shefali and Eva’s discussion about Wista The Worrier, Flipping The Switch, the POWER acronym and so many other tools and strategies laid out in Dr. Shefali’s new book Superpowered.  Be sure to support the launch by getting your copy today! For our show notes and links to everything discussed in this episode, visit
A few months ago, we asked Eva which former guests she would want to have on the Dream Big Podcast.   She immediately thought of Siri Lindley,  the former World Champion triathlete who dominated the world rankings for years as the #1 triathlete in the world.  During the interview, Siri and Eva bonded over their mutual love of horses, and Siri has an amazing non-profit  Believe Ranch and Rescue which rescues horses and finds them loving homes.  When we checked out Siri’s instagram to see what she had been up to, we noticed that Siri had lost all of her hair and quickly learned that Siri is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.  In the midst of her battle not only did Siri agree to come back on the podcast, but she delivers the most honest and beautiful response imaginable.  I think all of our listeners -- kids and adults alike -- will gain so much insight and practical tips by taking 5 minutes to listen to what Siri has to say about the power of gratitude.   In addition to publishing the audio on iTunes, we also posted Siri’s full video response on our Instagram page.  We highly recommend you watch the video because there is something very powerful about seeing Siri, who is clearly still in her battle, talk so eloquently about the power of gratitude.   We love you Siri and wish you a speedy recovery.  When you are fully recovered and this pandemic is over, we would love to visit you and give you, Bek and your beautiful horses a hug at the ranch.  Show notes at  
Today, Eva welcomes Gabby Bernstein, a #1 New York Times Bestselling author (many times over),  and one of the world’s leading authorities on happiness.  We are longtime admirers of Gabby’s work, and actually did an entire solo episode last month (Episode 208) about her famous “comeback rate” concept.  And now, the Big Dreamers get the gift of hearing directly from Gabby about why the “comeback rate” is so important and so many other practical tips on how to be and stay happy -- especially during these crazy times.  Gabby has a new book, You Are The Guru: 6 Messages to Help You Move Through Difficult Times with Certainty and Faith, available now on  Like all of Gabby’s content, the new book is incredible and we would love it if you support her book launch and follow her accounts for never ending inspiration and positive vibes.  For our show notes, visit
A few weeks ago, we did an episode on how to be a great friend to others.  In this episode, Eva shifts gears and shares why it is so important to be a best friend to yourself!  This week’s episode was inspired by one of Deepak Chopra’s guided meditations.  There, Deepak made the point that if you look at the qualities of a best friend -- someone who would lift you up when you are down, make encouraging statements, treat you well, etc -- those are the same qualities and behavior  that you should apply to yourself too!  Yet so many people are great friends to others, but don’t take good care of themselves.  Whether that is negative self-talk or not eating healthy food, or not getting enough sleep -- we need to stop treating ourselves poorly and instead embrace Deepak's vision of looking at oneself as your own best friend. Eva shares some powerful examples in this episode of what it means to be your own best friend.   And Eva explains how taking care of yourself will also help you be a better friend to others too.   Thank you Deepak for all the wonderful work you do, and for inspiring Eva to create this episode.  Show notes at
When schools closed in the spring due to the pandemic, Eva’s grandparents suggested that we check out Xploration Outer Space streaming on Amazon Prime Video.  That show, which became a household favorite, is hosted by the wonderful and brilliant Emily Calandrelli -- who is Eva’s guest this week on the Dream Big Podcast!    Emily has also been featured as a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World and is the author of the science children's book series, the Ada Lace Adventure.  Emily also has a new Netflix show called Emily’s Wonder Lab where she takes kids through lively mind-boggling experiments that will get your kiddos excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), which is Emily’s great passion.   As you will see from the episode, Emily has great energy and is so much fun.  We encourage all Big Dreamers to check out her new show on Netflix!  Our family has been watching her amazing experiments on her Youtube and Instagram all summer, and we know Emily’s Wonder Lab on Netflix will be great educational fun for the whole family.  For our show notes, visit
This week’s episode may just be one of the most important episodes we’ve ever published.  We are so honored to have Kechi Okwuchi on the Dream Big Podcast.  You may recognize her name because Kechi was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on America’ Got Talent and she has been Eva’s guest before.   If you know Kechi’s story, you know that she survived a horrific plane crash as a teenager and suffered burns all over her body.  While Kechi has not let the injuries that she suffered in this tragic incident destroy her dreams, bullies continue to poke fun and say awful things about Kechi’s physical appearance.  We know that bullies and cyberbullies are a HUGE problem in our schools and online -- so we thought there was no better person for Eva to ask about how to react when you come across a bully.  With school starting back up this month for most students -- whether that will be in-person or virtual -- Kechi’s advice can not be more timely.   Thank you so much Kechi for your wisdom, your courage, and being a friend of Eva and the Dream Big Podcast.  We love you!   Show notes at
Since this is the Dream Big Podcast, Eva spends a lot of time talking about themes like setting goals, working hard, and being confident.   But we understand that achieving big dreams alone is not nearly as satisfying or fulfilling as sharing the journey with those you love -- both your family and close friends.   At a family dinner a few weeks ago, Eva mentioned that we should talk more about how to make and keep great friends.  And then just a few days later we heard Jesse Itzler, founder of Build Your Life Resume, talking about the 3 Cs of being a great friend.  He credits the 3 Cs for his success both in personal and business relationships.  Jesse’s framework is so simple to follow and implement that Eva decided to share it with all the Big Dreamer’s in this week’s episode.  Tune in to discover the 3 Cs and how they can transform the relationships in your life!   Thank you Jesse for the wonderful insight, as always!   Show notes at
A phrase that kids often hear from their parents is: “Words Are Powerful!”  Usually when this is said it is when your kiddo has stepped over the line and used language in a hurtful or otherwise negative way.   In our house, we also constantly discourage negative phrases like “I can’t do that” or “That’s impossible.”    Recently, we had the opportunity to test the power of the spoken word on a grueling hike in Mammoth.  Truth be told - we didn't’ see many kids on this trail - certainly not Sophia’s age.  So when Eva and especially Sophia started to complain and whine when we still had a few miles left on our journey, Olga sprung into action and shared how we can shift the energy in our family just by uttering some simple phrases.  Needless to say, this tactic worked and we not only made it back to the car but had so much fun on that last leg of our hike.   Eva shares the story in this episode -- which we think your kids will love because it shows the power of words in the positive sense.  And if you are a family that loves the outdoors, we think you will find Olga’s strategy very helpful the next time your kiddos get tired and start to complain.  Show notes at 
Eva has long shared the importance of being an optimist -- the kind of person who sees a glass half full - rather than a pessimist -- who sees the glass as half empty.   There are so many reasons you can easily take a “glass half empty” outlook to 2020.   Dean Graziozi, bestselling author and entrepreneur, recently poised the following question to his audience:  Is 2020 a curse or can it be a blessing?   Well as Eva shares in this episode, the answer to that question is entirely up to you!    Of course, Eva wishes that COVID-19 did not happen this year.  Eva misses school, her friends, and there are so many people across the world who are suffering as a result of this terrible disease.  Nobody wished for this to happen.  But it did!  Given that we just recently passed the midway point of the year -- it seemed appropriate for Eva to share her “glass half full” mentality for 2020.  Eva shares the new skills and passions that she is developing during this unprecedented year, and how with the right mindset 2020 can indeed be viewed as a blessing.   A special thank you to Dean Grazioizi for inspiring this episode :)   Links are in the show notes at 
Today’s guest is Lewis Howes, the host of the School of Greatness podcast which has over 100 million downloads and 1000 episodes since it launched in 2013.  Lewis was one of the inspirations for Eva to launch the Dream Big Podcast.  We would often listen to Lewis Howes and another podcaster Tim Ferriss in the car, and one day Eva asked:  “Mom and Dad, why is there not a podcast where a kid interviews amazing people?”  And of course, the rest is history.  Lewis is more than a podcaster.  He is a bestselling author.   He was named by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.  And he has been featured on Ellen, The Today Show, The New York Times, and in other major media outlets.  Eva and Lewis had an amazing conversation which we actually recorded on video -- so in addition to being able to listen to the interview on your favorite podcast platform -- you can also watch the full interview on Youtube.  For our show notes, visit
Eva often gets asked by her friends and fans of the podcast:  “Eva, are you always feeling positive emotions?  Do you ever get upset?  Or angry?  Or disappointed?”  Eva's answer is always along the lines of:  “Of course, I’m not always happy.  I’m not always in a great mood.  But… and this makes all the difference in the world, I have trained my brain to not get stuck in a negative state.  So when I do feel negative emotions, I can identify those feelings and take action to put myself back in a good mood.”  In other words, Eva doesn’t let bad news ruin her entire day, as many kids and even adults often do.   Instead, she has trained her brain to “come back” to a happy state very quickly.  The brilliant Gabby Bernstein has coined this concept as the “come back rate” and in this episode Eva shares why learning to have a fast come back rate is the key to a happy life, as well as some of her favorite ways to get back to a beautiful state when she does feel negative emotions.  We hope that Gabby will one day be a guest on the podcast so that she can share more on the come back rate, and other nuggets of wisdom as well! Links are in the show notes at
In today’s episode, Eva talks about a cookie jar.  But this is no ordinary cookie jar.   Instead, this cookie jar is super healthy and has unlimited supply.  Indeed, parents would LOVE for their kids to grab cookies from this cookie jar all the time.  This concept was invented by the great David Goggins, who Eva has mentioned on a number of prior episodes (links in Resources Section in the show notes).  David is widely considered to be the toughest man on the planet.  He is the only member of the U.S. Armed Forces to complete SEAL training, the U.S. Army Ranger School and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training.  Since his retirement from the military, David has also become one of the most accomplished endurance athletes in the world, completing over 60 ultra-marathons and setting new course records.  He also once held the Guinness World Record for pull ups completing 4,030 in 17 hours.   David has inspired millions by sharing his story and being honest that, even today, he has moments of doubt.  But wherever he finds himself lost or lacking confidence, he goes to this Cookie Jar.   Eva shares what he means and how your kiddos can apply the Cookie Jar concept in their lives.   Hopefully David will come on the Dream Big Podcast one day to discuss the Cookie Jar and his incredible life story. Enjoy this powerful episode!   Show notes at
In today’s episode, Eva shares a concept that our family learned from an incredible man by the name of Jesse Itzler.   If you follow Jesse on social media, you know that he is always smiling, always laughing, and always having epic experiences.   This is no accident -- Jesse is committed to building what he calls a “Life Resume.”  Not the traditional resume that most people think about that lists your work experience when you are applying for a job, but a resume that reflects all the amazing and unique experiences you have created in your life.  Jesse’s personal life resume is chock-full of unique experiences that the vast majority of people would, quite frankly, not voluntarily sign up for…  Like the time Jesse invited a Navy Seal to live in his house for 31 days to push him to his mental and physical limits.  But Jesse is not encouraging his community to copy his resume -- but instead to build your own life resume that you can look back and marvel at one day.   Jesse’s concept of a Life Resume has deeply impacted our entire family -- including Eva and our youngest daughter Sophia who have both adopted this mindset of seeking out new skills and new adventures.  Eva shares in this episode how she has already started to build out her Life Resume, how she continues to do so even during this pandemic, and how having the “Build Your Life Resume” mindset leads to actually scheduling epic experiences and making them happen.      Links are in the show notes at  
If you are interested in Personal Growth content, then this weeks’ guest is an absolute rockstar.  Vishen Lakhiani famously quit his prestigious engineering internship at Microsoft after 11 short weeks, which forced him to set out on his own personal growth journey and ultimately led to the founding of MindValley.  Now the #1 platform in the world for Personal Growth, MindValley brings together the worlds best practitioners to teach personal growth principles with the mission to transform 1 Billion lives by 2038.   As you will no doubt agree after this interview, Vishen is very serious about this Big Dream, and he has the plan and skills to make that dream a reality.   MindValley is currently offering a program called Be Extraordinary for Teens, which at the time of this publication is free. We are including links to the program and everything discussed during the interview in our show notes at
This episode we take a pause from the “Dream Big” theme to share a timeless quote from Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”   Eva talks so much about setting big goals and taking action on the podcast -- but what we have been really focused on as a family is how we make each other feel.  Are we kind to one another?  Are we there to support one another?  Eva shares how we have started to put a huge emphasis on kindness, compassion and love in our household -- and why being known for these qualities is way more important than the accolades you can ever achieve in school, extracurriculars, and ultimately in your career.    Be sure to listen to the episode to hear Eva’s story about why we shared Maya’s quote at a recent family dinner, and see how it is impacting how we are treating one another, our extended family, and our friends.  If tensions are high in your household (especially amidst all the stress of these challenging times), then we hope Maya’s quote has a similar impact in your home :)   Links are in the show notes at  
This week’s guest is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world and someone who many predict will one day be the President of the United States.  He’s also the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and “Shark” from ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.  And I’m sure by now you know that Eva’s guest is none other than Mark Cuban. Mark is undoubtedly one of the busiest people on the planet, and the fact that he took 20 minutes out of his schedule to have a one-on-one discussion with Eva is a true honor.  We are also excited to share that we have started to record Eva’s interviews on video as well, so be sure to subscribe to our Youtube channel and follow us on Instagram where we will be posting video clips too!    For our show notes, visit
First, we can’t contain our excitement!  In our next episode, you will be hearing Eva’s interview with Mark Cuban.   Yes, that Mark Cuban!   Not to downplay today’s episode, which is amazing too!   We are sharing a special poem that we wrote on how the pandemic can be compared to turbulence on an airplane.  Eva first shared this analogy in Episode 191 -- and the feedback was so great that we decided to make it into a poem too.   We even had our illustrator add fun artwork -- you can check out the poem on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  Links are in the show notes at
We all know the classic kids song “Row Row Row Your Boat”.  Just a simple, catchy song for toddlers, right?  Well, that’s what we thought until we learned the hidden meaning and now we’ll never never think of the song the same way again.  Thank you Prince EA for cracking the code of Row, Row, Row Your Boat -- and for being such an inspiring storyteller in general.   We are including his original video in the resources section of the show notes, and we encourage you to check it out.   Show notes at
Eva launched the Dream Big Podcast in October 2016 at the age of 7. This week we are celebrating Eva’s birthday (she turns 11) and her 200th episode! In discussing what we should do for this special episode, Eva decided she wanted to share the #1 secret she has learned from recording and publishing 200 episodes. In addition, we created a special poem to commemorate this milestone. Be sure to follow us on social media (links in the show notes) as we are actually posting videos of Eva reciting the poem and have added professional illustrations to the poem too. Show notes at
Like millions of other kids with March, April and May birthdays, Eva’s big birthday plans have been cancelled.  Her elementary school graduation -- at least the big celebration that has been planned - is also not happening.   We feel for all the high school and college seniors who are missing out on the festivities associated with traditional commencements.  In this episode, Eva explains that while she was initially bummed out about having to cancel her big birthday plans, she’s not angry about it.  Eva also shares the 1-word secret to not getting angry about how life has changed as a result of this pandemic.  Show notes at  
Comments (24)

Cian Skid

every episode I listen to makes me happy, keep up the good work

Aug 24th

Cian Skid

I love this show eva!!! keep up the good work :)

Aug 24th
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Brandy Singleton

hi I have a podcast and have started a kids podcast. your show is amazing.

Mar 26th

Humaira Ehsan

I am so loveing this podcast

Aug 28th

Azeem Ahmed

😍 you Eva

Mar 21st

Vahid P

This is a very interesting podcast channel. I also listen to this for learning English. It helps me a lot.

Feb 24th

Daniel Hanson

can't hear you!

Feb 3rd

Adam Kviatkovsky


Dec 10th

bella Hribar

hey I was wondering my brother said I was stupid and he made me cry what should I do?

Oct 30th

Almendra Reyes


Sep 18th

Sophie Julie Kelly

This pod cast is amazing and Ava and her mom Olga are great host. This is my daughter Keira's favorite pod cast and we listen to it every Friday on what we designate as podcast Fridays. Thank you for the amazing content that you provide that teach my Keira so many positive attribute on how she can dream big! You are both amazing and Ava, Keira says HI from Simponsville South Carolina!

Sep 11th

Adam Kviatkovsky

ADAM kviatkovsky

Sep 2nd
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Diyar Mohsen

So cute

Jul 5th

Viola McKenna

you are awesome

Jan 3rd

Kannan Makino

hey how to podcasts like you

Oct 28th

Dulce Shithead

I love it my cosens love to hear this

Sep 19th
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Bansidhar Sahu

Very nice.

Sep 4th

iTunes User

What I love about this podcast is Olga and Eva's ability to inspire me to do the things I love the most. And it's a great reminder that it's never too early or too late to dream big.

Aug 31st

iTunes User

My 6 years old daughter gets super excited when there is a new podcast. Eva continues to bring it on with awesome people. Her guests are always fun and insightful. I love hearing inspiring stories too. We listen to it together in the car, on the way to school. My daughter even told me : " Mom I really can do anything I put my mind into." Love it. It is just an awesome source of inspiration for my daughter and me.

Aug 31st

iTunes User

It is a superb show! Each new episode makes me and the kids want to tune to it more. Their guests are the most interesting people. Dana Wilde and BLACK are my favs so far . I loved Dana's personal mantra strategy the most. Eva is such a good interviewer. I can't beleive she is only 7! I just love what you do and will share it with friends and at our school too! Keep it going. I love it.

Aug 31st
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