The New York Times Magazine has its weaknesses (such as the nearly-always wrong Ethicist column), but one of its greatest strengths is its ability to comprehensively and engagingly profile important people you haven't heard of. Two recent examples:
Roland Fryer, a 27 year old economics professor at Harvard, wants "to figure out where blacks went wrong."
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament, fights for the rights of Muslim women in the Netherlands and faces constant death threats.
If you haven't already read these, check them out.