As of 2015, some popular debates available to view on YouTube include Christopher Hitchens' debate on the death penalty and John Oliver's debate on climate change. Also popular is the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, which focuses on the role of creationism in modern science.
Hitchens' debate on the death penalty is a popular debate video that was uploaded to YouTube on Dec. 9, 2013. Hitchens was an author and journalist well-known for his confrontational debate style. Hitchens was a self-described socialist and antitheist. In this video, the debaters discuss the resolution for the abolishment of the death penalty in the United States, including issues surrounding cost and the appeal process.
Oliver's debate on climate change, which was published to YouTube on May 11, 2014, features special guest Bill Nye. The video boasts over 5 million views. The debate focuses on statistically representative data to support its points, while injecting humor to appeal to a wider audience. The debate concludes that the issue is not whether or not climate change exists, but rather what should be done about it.
The debate between Nye, a well-known science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society, and Ham, a creationist and author, was uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 4, 2014. It debates creationism's role as a viable model of origin in the current scientific era and has over 4.6 million views.